Evaluation of the Working Neighbourhoods Pilot
Research Report DWPRR 297, Department for Work and Pensions, November 2005
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This report presents the interim findings from the first year of the evaluation of the Working Neighbourhoods Pilot (WNP). The WNP was established in April 2004 to test a new approach to offering intensive support to help people to gain work. The pilot is targeted towards people who are without work, including claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, partners of claimants and workless non-claimants.
The pilots are operating in 12 areas, which were selected because of very high levels of worklessness and deprivation, and are being delivered by a combination of Jobcentre Plus (JCP) and private Employment Zone contractors (WNP/EZ). Essentially, the pilots are testing very local approaches to overcoming worklessness: delivery organisations and JCP and WNP/EZ providers are working within the framework of Local Strategic Partnerships to determine how best to overcome barriers to work, and move local people into jobs.
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