HC Deb 21 January 1986 vol 90 c123W
53. Mr. Wainwright

asked the Paymaster General whether he is planning additional programmes for the long-term unemployed; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Alan Clark

We are concerned to ensure the most effective arrangements for helping long-term unemployed people back into the labour market, and therefore keep our range of current measures under constant review.

59. Mr. Watts

asked the Paymaster General if he will make a statement on the progress of employment counselling services for the long-term unemployed.

Mr. Alan Clark

Since 1981 jobcentres have helped a proportion of long-term unemployed job seekers through a structured programme of individual counselling interviews. More recently, the Manpower Services Commission has set up a number of job clubs, which offer intensive coaching for the long-term unemployed in job finding techniques.

In addition, on 6 January, a new six-month pilot programme began in which as many as possible of the long-term unemployed in nine pilot areas will be offered counselling interviews. The results of the programme will be evaluated later this year.

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