Lambeth Council today pledged to lead from the front in tackling unemployment as new figures showed the borough has the highest number of people out of work and claiming benefits in London.
A total of 11,830 people were out of work and claiming benefits in Lambeth last month according to figures release by the Office for National Statistics today. That equates to 5.6% of the population, which is above the London average of 4.2 %.
Lambeth is determined to do everything in its powers to help people get people into work, and has made ‘More Jobs’ one if its top priorities, launching a major campaign earlier this year to drive job creation locally and promote training and apprenticeships.
Cllr Jackie Meldrum, Lambeth Council Deputy Leader, said:
“The figures out today are a sobering reminder that thousands of people in our borough are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. We are working with Lambeth’s businesses and colleges, and are determined to do all we can to help people get into work and training. We are not prepared to stand back and see local people suffer during an economic crisis not of their making.”
As part of the council’s More Jobs campaign Lambeth has this month employed an Apprenticeships Coordinator who will work with local businesses and companies that supply services to the council to help connect them with people looking for work.
The council is also making sure that all council contracts contain commitments to create jobs and apprenticeship opportunities, with the new contract for the construction work on the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton stipulating training opportunities for young people in construction, for example.
The council recently signed a 20 year pledge with Wandsworth as part of the redevelopment of Vauxhall Nine Elms to create thousands of new jobs, and central to this is a commitment to work with local schools and colleges to provide students with workplace experience, career taster sessions and apprenticeships. The VNEB scheme is expected to create 32,000 additional jobs over the next 20 years and we are determined that young people benefit from these. Last week the council also gave approval for a £600 million development of Elizabeth House in Waterloo that is expected to create dozens of new jobs.
In partnership with Lambeth College, Lambeth Council has also been holding apprenticeship days for 16-24 year olds that put young people in direct contact with companies from high street banks and construction companies. A recent event saw companies offer 38 apprenticeship opportunities to young people.
Further information from The Office of National Statistics
Unemployed (Job Seekers Allowance)
Lambeth rate of unemployed see table 1, for October 2012 5.6% of the population, this represents 11, 830 residents and is a 0.1 per cent increase in the rate of unemployed for Lambeth.
Lambeth is 1.4 percentage points higher than the London average of 4.2%.
Lambeth’s rate for 16 -17 year olds decreased to 0% October 2012, compared to 0.1% for London.
16-24 year olds
Lambeth’s rate for 16-24 year olds stayed the same for September and October 2012, 7.2%. This is 1.5 percentage points higher than the London average of 5.7%.
18- 24 year olds
Lambeth rate of unemployed for 18- 24 year olds is 8.4% (October 2012), this is a 0.1 percentage point decrease from September 2012. Lambeth is 1.5 percentage points above the London average of 6.9%.