Newham Workplace

newham workplaceWhen we think of unemployment, we tend to often think of Jobcentres – places where unemployed people are mandated to go in order to receive welfare payments.

Jobcentres are not always the most hospitable places, partly because of their dual benefits/employment role, but also because of the social stigma related to unemployment.

That’s why we like Newham Workplace, which is a local authority-run one-stop shop for unemployed people to get support and advice and for employers to advertise their vacancies.

Furthermore, while rules mean that other public services can rarely be co-located in Jobcentres, Newham Workplace offers other support like housing benefit and debt advice.

Between 2007 and 2014, it supported over 20,000 residents of one of London’s most deprived boroughs into work at an average cost of under £1,500, compared to an average cost for similar services of £2,600 to £13,000.