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Funding boost to support long-term unemployed into work

by Jonathan Kearney

A scheme to support long-term unemployed residents back into work  has secured £3.4m funding to enable its work to continue for another two years.

Households into Work was launched in 2018 by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram as a pilot project to support long-term unemployed people who have difficulty finding and sustaining employment.

Since Households into Work started, more than 2,200 people in the City Region have been supported, many of whom have either never worked or been long-term unemployed, with more than 250 successfully finding work.

Twenty per cent of those on the programme have never worked before, while nearly 40% have been unemployed for more than three years. Over the course of 12 months, participants work on a one-to-one basis with a dedicated employment advocate who helps them to prepare for and find employment.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “I’ve always said that the big advantage of devolution is that it allows us to do things differently and Households Into Work is a perfect example of that.

“We treat people as human beings, offering them the guidance, support and coaching they need to find a job and stay in it. It couldn’t be more different from the sanctions first approach we see from national government.

“And that compassionate approach is really bearing fruit. With every single person we’re able to help through Households Into Work, we’re not only helping to change their lives, but the lives of so many others around them too.

“I am so proud of everyone who has taken part in the programme and really delighted that we’re putting the funding in place to help it continue.”

The programme has a team of 25 based in each of the six Liverpool City Region local authority areas.  They work on an outreach basis with long-term unemployed people who are dealing with a range of issues, including financial crises, mental health problems, the risk of eviction or homelessness, domestic abuse, social isolation or chronic health issues.

Other members of the household are also encouraged to join the programme so that the issues can be addressed collectively as well as individually.

You can find more information on the Households into Work programme, including how you can be referred, online.