A group of 16 London housing associations led by Affinity Sutton has been successful in an application to the Greater London Authority (GLA) to deliver a £13.3m three year pan-London European Social Fund (ESF) 2014–2020 programme to tackle unemployment in the capital.The European Social Fund is aimed at helping the unemployed and low skilled into work, particularly the most disadvantaged groups and those furthest from the labour market.
‘Love London Working’ has ambitious targets to support the unemployed, with a particular focus on those experiencing major barriers to work such as a disability. The programme will support 21,000 unemployed Londoners helping over 6,500 into work, many for the first time.
Sixteen London housing associations; Affinity Sutton, A2Dominion, Amicus Horizon, Catalyst, Charlton Triangle Homes, Circle Housing, East Thames, Family Mosaic, Hexagon, Hyde, L&Q, Orbit, Peabody, Poplar Harca, Southern and Wandle will work together to deliver the programme and all 33 London boroughs will benefit.
Keith Exford, chief executive at Affinity Sutton, said: “‘Love London Working’ represents a step change in the scale and ambition of the sector in terms of tackling the scourge of inter-generational unemployment. As a partnership we are fully behind the government’s goal of achivieving ‘Full Employment’ by 2020 and hope this will be the first of many programmes delivered together as a strong and committed partnership, changing thousands of lives in the capital every year.”
For more information visit: www.lovelondonworking.com or telephone 0300 100 0310.