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A new pathway to employment: pilot launched in south-east London

Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark's new employment service - Pathways to Employment (PTE) – went live earlier this month.

The aim of the new service is to get more residents into work by bringing together national, regional and local partners and by replacing a top-down package with collaborative, user and provider led designs.

Currently across the three boroughs there are approximately 90,000 people, representing 15% of the working age population, on working age benefits. Even more worryingly, 6% of the borough's working age population have never worked at all.

By working with Jobcentre Plus (JCP), further education colleges, the voluntary and community sector, the Department for Work & Pensions and Tomorrow's People, the three boroughs want to improve the outcomes for residents with complex needs by ensuring the service is tailored to their individual needs.

The partnership have focused on four groups of people for the pilot:

• people who are aged 18-24;
• people aged 50+;
• single parents; and
• people with low-level mental health needs.

Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark are initially running the service from JCPs in Streatham, Peckham and Lewisham, where teams of staff have been seconded from local authorities, JCP and the Citizen's Advice Bureau.

Running alongside DWP's Universal Support Delivered Locally pilot, the service will focus on assessing what support service each person needs as they move on to Universal Credit and putting them in contact with the correct support agencies, all whilst monitoring PTE's effectiveness.

As part of the launch of PTE Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, and the Local Government Association chairman, Councillor David Sparks, visited the Peckham Hub in order to see how the service works in practice.

There were positive remarks from Lord Freud, who was particularly impressed with the transformational co-location and co-design elements of the pilot. He emphasised how crucial "going local" was to achieving genuine and effective transformation of the employment service.

Adrian Smith
Director of Commissioning at London Borough of Lambeth

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