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Hundreds of households helped into work thanks to tailored support programme

by Laura Johnston

Households in Merseyside where none of the residents are in work are being offered help and suppport to help them find a job or improve their employment prospects, thanks to a Liverpool City Region scheme.

Households into Work supports all people living in a household (where two or more adults are not in work) to help them gain employment or training opportunities, by addressing the specific issues which may be preventing them from finding the right opportunities.

How many households have been helped find work so far?

In its first year, Households into Work has supported 834 households across the Liverpool City Region – 112 of which are in Knowsley. To date, 16% of occupants have so far found employment with the help of the tailored support put in place by the programme.

Households into Work puts each family in touch with an ’employment advocate’, who works with them to understand their particular issues and challenges.  These often include financial worries, family and caring responsibilities and mental health issues.

One resident who has benefitted from the programme is Michael. Michael had been unemployed since 2013, but thanks to the support from the Households into Work programme, he has found work with a cleaning company.

Michael said: “I basically just wanted to be ‘normal’, set my alarm to get up for work and come home tired after a day’s work. I wanted more for my kids.  That feeling of putting on my uniform on my first day at work was amazing.

“Since joining the programme, I’ve grown so much as a person and I’d like to thank the support given to me by my advocate who has not only supported me, but importantly, I feel listened to. Thank you.”

How is Households into Work funded?

The programme is a pilot scheme funded with £3.5m from the Department for Work and Pensions and £1m from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, said: “I have met many people who have benefitted from Households into Work and seen how people with many barriers to overcome had flourished thanks to this scheme and the dedicated advocates who deliver it.”

“When you think that 20% of the people on the scheme have never worked, and nearly 40% have been unemployed for more than three years, the progress we are seeing is extraordinary.  And that progress doesn’t just benefit the individuals and households directly involved – it benefits entire communities and ultimately the public purse.”

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “This is a great example of how our residents can flourish and prosper through targeted support. It also creates opportunities that they may not have previously been able to access. Importantly, it also addresses issues in the entire household, which will hopefully lead to sustainable positive changes moving forward. Well done to our residents who have taken part.”

Find out more

You can find out more about the Households into Work programme on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s website.