HC Deb 21 May 1986 vol 98 cc216-7W
Ms. Richardson

asked the Paymaster General (1) whether he will list the agencies employing long-term unemployed people under the community programme for the east London area; and what is the amount of running costs per participant given to each of the agencies (excluding contributions towards office premises);

(2) whether he will list for each agency employing longterm unemployed people under the community programme for the east London area the amount of money received from the Government in connection with the cost of office premises.

Mr. Lang

Under the community programme agents are reimbursed up to £440 per year to cover running costs, including premises costs, in respect of each authorised place for workers other than managers and supervisors. When applying for support, agents must set out what they propose to spend under various running costs headings, including rent and rates. Agents are required to maintain detailed records of expenditure but it is not necessary for each head to be separately identified in their accounts. The amount received by each agency in the last year for which final audited accounts have been rendered is shown in the table, and information on office premises is provided where it is known.

a permanent basis. The normal period of employment is up to 52 weeks, but a small proportion of managers, supervisors and key workers are employed for longer.

Ms. Richardson

asked the Paymaster General how many long-term unemployed are involved in the community programme in east London for each of the agencies operating in that area; and what are the projected figures for the next two years.

Mr. Lang

At the end of April, the latest date for which figures are available, the number of people employed on the community programme by agencies operating in the east London area was as follows:

Title of Agency Filled places at 30 April 1986
Forest Projects 310
Globe Town 60
London Borough of Havering 769
Interface 295
London Union of Youth Clubs 14
Mutual Aid (East) 258
Mutual Aid (North) 186
Newstart 108
Redbridge Community Care 177
Tower Hamlets Area Health Authority 87
Age Concern 0
Association of Island Communities 42
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham 109
Community Developments 24
Community Roots Trust 64
CTF 218
Docklands Community Development 24
Energy Concern 278
Tonybee Hall 61
London Borough of Waltham Forest 495
Task Undertaking 4

The allocation of places to the area from October onwards is 3,723 places. Individual agencies are subject to annual renewal, and it is not possible to give projected figures for them.