HC Deb 18 April 1995 vol 258 cc56-7W
Mr. Madden

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the activities undertaken by the Allerton outreach team; what funding his Department has made to support the project; if he will extend such funding to enable the team to maintain its presence in the local community; and what plans there are to fund similar projects in other parts of Bradford and the United Kingdom. [19066]

Mr. Paice

Performance figures for the Allerton outreach team to 6 April 1995 are: 56 clients into employment, target 10, and 25 training starts, target 20. A summary report of the project for the period funded by the Employment Service is currently being produced. ES contributed £5,894.00 to the project from the programme development fund which equated to 50 per cent. of salary costs for a three month period. The PDF has now been absorbed into the single regeneration budget challenge fund which provides flexible support for local initiatives. Whilst outreach work, both in Bradford and elsewhere in the country, falls clearly within the scope of the SRB challenge fund objectives, its inclusion in round 2 bids is an option which it is appropriate for local partnerships to consider alongside other needs and priorities. The Bradford training and enterprise council has offered to part-fund an outreach worker for 1995–96 and discussions between the TEC and Bradford council are continuing.

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