West London Mental Health and Employment Trailblazer Awarded £1.2m


The pilot is supported by Cabinet Office, DWP and is being run by WLA on behalf of the London Enterprise Panel (LEP) as part of London's Growth Deal, Harrow were the lead borough on the TCA bid.   The programme will support over 1000  residents who are claiming Employment Support Allowance and Job Seekers Allowance.  1 in 4 people can expect to experience a mental health problem during  their lifetime. There  are specific programmes that focus on residents with severe mental illness. But  for those with more common problems, like depression or anxiety, there is very little targeted provision in West London or nationally.  

WLA is one of four areas from across England which has been asked to develop a  programme  that  will integrate resources from Job Centres, Mental Health providers, GPs and Councils to provide a more effective service.  West London boroughs have committed to ensure as many of their residents as possible are able to be supported by the programme.  The programme will be rolled out in phases across seven Boroughs during 2015/16, beginning in Barnet.  

Councillor Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council and Vice Chair of the WLA commented "I am delighted that the London Borough of Barnet will be first to roll out this important  programme.  It is essential that we find better ways to ensure residents experiencing mental health problems are helped to find and keep jobs," adding "this is a real win-win - helping people to be less dependent on health and care services whilst enabling more of our residents to benefit from a growing economy in West London."  

Grant Hearn, LEP Board Member commented "The stakes are high for London.  Growth Deals and EU funds are the most significant developments that LEPs have recently taken on.  We welcome this challenge of course, and in London the scale of that challenge is unlike that seen in other parts of the country.  This project presents an excellent opportunity for London's boroughs to take the lead in developing and testing new approaches to supporting the hardest to help into sustainable employment and to benefit from London's economic success."

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