Employment, Training and Skills Legacy (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
February 15, 2007
Question By: 
Dee Doocey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Neale Coleman David Higgins Roy McNulty Lord Coe Paul Deighton Manny Lewis

Question

Sorry, Manny, I do not mean to be rude, but I am on a time limit, and any answers you give also comes off my time, so I really want to talk about this. The two examples you have given, first of all about people who for generations have never worked and who are on benefit for whatever reason, the people who have never had opportunities, will want to volunteer for this programme. I hope you are right. I definitely know that sport is a tremendous catalyst, particularly in deprived communities, and I hope you are right. I am not convinced you are right, because I do not think you are talking to the people who are at that level of society. In fact, I know from that meeting that we had that you are not talking to them. Not because you do not want to but because you do not know who they are, and your officers were very interested to find out that they were a whole subgroup of people who you have never had any dealings with at all.

As for grants being available, and them being able to tap into schemes that you had, all the schemes sound absolutely great, but when I tell you that when somebody from your organisation said `and there are these grants that people in the audience can apply for', everyone said, `oh, wonderful, absolutely marvellous'. He then said, `well, hang on, hang on, it is closed at the moment'. They had no indication that these grants were available because, for some reason, you are not getting to those communities in most need. Your officers were shocked by this -- I know they were, they told me so -- What I wanted to know was, what have you done since then to address this and to make sure that you have changed the system that you had previously in place, so that you are getting to these really deprived communities?

Answer

Answer for Employment, Training and Skills Legacy (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Employment, Training and Skills Legacy (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
Neale Coleman David Higgins Roy McNulty Lord Coe Paul Deighton Manny Lewis

Manny Lewis (Chief Executive, LDA): We always have the challenge about how you get to the most hard-to-reach groups, The local training centres and job centres, the local labour schemes, they are the ways and the routes to get through. Of course we engage with a wide range of voluntary community service representatives, and we consult extensively, but that still does not reach the mark. Now, frankly, if you have ideas, Dee, about how we can better engage at grass-roots level, and achieve more, by all means relay those. The sorts of opportunities we have put forward through the opportunities fund is exactly that. It is saying, small amounts money, in neighbourhood areas, to enable the neighbourhood to describe what they feel fits best.