Employment and regeneration projects in Brent will receive £8.5 million pounds over the next three years to build communities and tackle unemployment. The new money will come from the government’s Working Neighbourhood Fund (WNF).
The money will be used to create jobs and meet the council’s target to reduce the borough’s out-of-work benefit claimant rate by two per cent over the next three years. Unemployment in Brent is currently 14.8 per cent and the council wants to reduce this to 12.6 per cent by 2011.
Launched in 2007, Working Neighbourhoods Fund replaces Neighbourhood Renewal that operated in Harlesden & Stonebridge, and St Raphael’s, Brentfield and Mitchell Brook estates over the past six years. The funding will be used as part of Brent’s regeneration action plan to support projects such as Brent In2 Work, which helps to place 1000 local people into work annually.
Councillor Paul Lorber, Leader of Brent Council, said: “Reducing unemployment is vital to the success of the council’s wider plans for the borough. Secure, long term jobs are the foundation of a successful and prosperous borough.”