Council Given Grant To Help Unemployed

Lifelong Learning at Carn Thomas

Lifelong Learning at Carn Thomas

The Council is being given a £30,000 grant to help unemployed islanders get back-to-work.

The cash will also be used to provide benefit advice.

It’s part of Scilly Works, which launched last year, based on a similar scheme in Cornwall.

It provides, “collaborative working arrangements” between the islands and mainland partners, such as Job Centre Plus and Citizens’ Advice. The money will also go towards online information.

The project is being driven by the Children and Young People’s committee because there is a link between unemployment and child poverty.

Joel Williams says the cash has been agreed subject to the Council putting together an action plan, which they hope to do by March.

Official statistics show that there are 13 unemployment benefit claimants, representing 1.1% of the working population on the islands. This compares with 4.8% nationally.

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