City MP visits Milton Keynes’ Action for Employment as figures show drop in people out of work

Iain Stewart MP and A4e Business Leader, Naz Kauser.
Iain Stewart MP and A4e Business Leader, Naz Kauser.

Milton Keynes South MP, Iain Stewart, visited Action for Employment (A4e) last week following the news that there are now a record number of people in work.

A4e which is based in CMK, delivers the Work Programme in Milton Keynes on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

The programme provides support, work experience and training to long-term unemployed people for up to 2 years to help them find and stay in work.

Mr Stewart had a tour around the facilities, met with staff and discussed the challenges the organisation faces.

He said: “It was really fitting to visit A4e on the week we found out that both in Milton Keynes and across the UK unemployment has fallen sharply once again.

“However, seeing the vital work A4e are doing made it clear that there are still big challenges ahead.

“What impressed me most was how specific A4e designs the work programme around the individual.

“I think that is so important if we are going to help get those with often unique pressures get back in work.”

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) last week showed that unemployment claimants in Milton Keynes was 1,417 lower than in June 2013.

A4e Business Leader, Naz Kauser, said: “It was a pleasure to have Iain come and see the work we do.

“We are delivering some really strong results and getting people with complex needs back into work.”