§ Paul Goggins
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement about the effectiveness of Action Teams for Jobs. 
§ Mr. Nicholas Brown
Action Teams for Jobs are helping to tackle joblessness in the most employment deprived areas in the country. Action Teams are performing well. In their first year of operation, they helped nearly 16,500 people into work—over 40 per cent. of participants.
As part of the extension of the Action Teams initiative last October, a new team was created in south Manchester, covering my hon. Friend's constituency. By mid-February, the team had already engaged with 167 clients.