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Government provides an extra £40 million to lift long-term jobless back into work - 19 November 2009

Extra funding is being added to the Working Neighbourhood Fund, to provide support and training for long-term unemployed people and to enable unemployed families to go back to work.

Families who haven't worked for years will be helped back into employment through a new £40 million job and skills drive, announced this week by Communities Secretary John Denham.

The £40 million, which will be put into extra Working Neighbourhood funding, will allow 61 local authorities to do more to increase employment opportunities through providing job counsellors and skills support to enable unemployed families to go back to work.

The Working Neighbourhood Fund is distributed between the 61 local authorities with the highest levels of deprivation and low levels of skills and enterprise. Since 2008, £1.5 billion of funding has been distributed or allocated for councils to tackle worklessness in their areas. This announcement of extra funding will give them extra resources to find new ways of reaching out to isolated communities.

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