Is third sector the answer to London’s unemployment?

13 July 2015

This meeting took place on 14 July 2015. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here

The latest figures for the Government’s flagship back-to-work scheme which is outsourced to public, private and third sector organisations - show that disabled people and those aged over 50 fare worst in getting a job through the Programme[1].

Long term claimants of Employment and Support Allowance or Incapacity Benefit also fare badly[1].

The London Assembly Economy Committee is investigating the third sector’s role in providing employment and skills programmes for the capital’s unemployed – particularly those with complex needs.

Are third sector organisations effective in meeting the needs of hard-to-reach groups?

How do you ensure funding supports services for a wide range of London’s communities?

What are the expectations for future third sector involvement in employment and skills programmes?

From 10:00am tomorrow the following guests will be questioned:

Laura Furness, Local Deals Manager, Big Lottery Fund

Dan Gasgoyne, Director, West London Alliance (WLA)

Rob Hancock, Regional Education Officer, Southern and Eastern Region TUC (SERTUC)

Adrian Smith, Director of Commissioning, London Borough of Lambeth

Andrew Travers, Chief Executive, LB Barnet (WLA member)


From 11:00am (approximately):

Alex Conway, European Programmes Director, GLA

Julie Sexton, Senior Programme Manager, GLA


The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 14 July from 10:00am in Committee Room 5 at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).


Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.


Notes for Editors:

Quarterly Work Programme National Statistics to March 2015, Department for Work and Pensions.

Full agenda papers.

Third sector organisations are typically designed for public benefit and they include charities, voluntary or community groups, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, civil society organisations and others.

Fiona Twycross AM, Chair of the Economy Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

London Assembly Economy Committee.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


For media enquiries, please contact Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603. For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.


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