§ 65. Mr. Favell
asked the Paymaster General what further plans he has to encourage the unemployed to take available jobs.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
In addition to the existing jobcentre services, pilot schemes to help the long-term unemployed get back into employment began in nine areas on 6 January. These schemes provide an in-depth counselling interview, a new short course specifically designed for the needs of the long-term unemployed and a practical incentive to return to work in the form of a new job start allowance of £20 a week for those who take jobs with earnings less than £80 per week.
Also, the Manpower Services Commission is currently evaluating the effectiveness of job clubs, which provide facilities and encouragement to longer-term unemployed people to undertake intensive job hunting, and the recent initiative to contact longer-term unemployed people, to promote the range of jobcentre services available to them.