22.07.11

Work Clubs Need to Attract Their Own Funding

The Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling, has confirmed that although new Work Clubs might be able to get some start-up costs covered by their local Jobcentre Plus District Office, they should not expect to get any funding from central Government. 

In reply to a letter from Tony Baldry, Conservative MP for North Oxfordshire, who raised questions on the role of Jobcentre Plus in the development of local Work Clubs, Mr Grayling said that the clubs fit with the ideals of the Big Society:

“….our aim is to encourage the pooling of resources at a local level to harness the energy, enthusiasm and expertise of those interested in, or already actively engaged in, supporting unemployed people in their communities rather than providing funding for ongoing running costs.”

He explained that the level of support that Work Clubs could expect to receive from Jobcentre Plus District Managers was likely to vary dependent on local circumstances.

“In particular, when considering an application for start-up funding, District Managers must base their decision on a range of factors including an assessment of whether, in the context of the specific local labour market, investing in the proposed Work Club represents value for money.”

The Minister recommended that Work Clubs should look to become part of local sub-contractor networks for Work Programme prime providers, and to secure funding that way.

Last month saw the launch of the National Work Clubs Network - an independent Network that brings together businesses, charities and voluntary organisations involved in the delivery of Work Clubs so that they can share ideas and best practices. 

For further information see the National Work Clubs website.

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