District: Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire
1. District geography.
The Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire District has three Local Authorities within its boundary:
• East Dunbartonshire – Population 104,700 (Males – 50,500, Females – 54,200)
• North Lanarkshire – Population 326,300 (Males – 157,100, Females – 169,200)
• South Lanarkshire - Population 310,900 (Males – 148,800, Females – 162,100)
• Combined Population - 741,900
(Population Census 2009)
The District consists of both Urban and Rural areas, which are mainly in the South Lanarkshire, area stretching to Lead Hills – an
area covered by the Lanark JCP office.
Transport links are fundamental to achieving employment opportunities and there are established links, however it must be noted
there can be difficulties between Local Authority areas, making it easier to travel within one area rather than cross boundary.
Main areas affected are Cumbernauld, Kirkintilloch and Lanark which has a large rural catchment area. Some of our customers
may find it easier to travel to Glasgow and Edinburgh due to residential location. Main towns are are easily accessible by road
The transport strategy group (Key stakeholders and Partners) of which Jobcentre Plus is a partner is continually identifying
barriers for discussion with transport providers which include travel to Business Parks (Bellshill, Cumbernauld, Newhouse –
Motherwell, East Kilbride) which are based on the outskirts of main towns where public transport routes are limited or non
existent. The new Airdrie to Bathgate rail link has now been opened.
2. Employment, earnings, and working age benefit statistics.
The Lanarkshire economy has suffered disproportionately in the current economic recession. There continues to be some
encouraging signs of a recovery but these are fragile and many of Lanarkshire's businesses, individuals and communities still
suffer the consequences of the economic downturn. Indeed Lanarkshire has been described as the “epicentre” of economic
decline within the whole of Scotland.
Labour Market Statistical information for Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire District.
Local Authority Population working age Population Employment Rate %
East Dunbartonshire 104,700 65,400 74.7
North Lanarkshire 326,300 214,800 69.5
South Lanarkshire 310,900 202,400 70.6
JSA Claimant Count by Local Authority - August 2010
East Dunbartonshire • 1,862
• A decrease of -124, or -6.2% on last month.
• A decrease of -17, or -0.9% on January 2009
• The JSA count is 2.8% of the working age population
North Lanarkshire • 10,812
• A decrease of -771, or -6.7% on last month.
• A decrease of -217, or -2% on this month last year
• The JSA count is 5% of the working age population
South Lanarkshire • 8,357
• A decrease of 584, or -6.5% on last month.
• A decrease of -390, or -4.5% on this month last year.
• The JSA count is 4.1% of the working population.
Local Authority ESA/Incapacity Benefits Lone Parents
East Dunbartonshire 3,550 600
North Lanarkshire 22,290 4,590
South Lanarkshire 17,970 3,320
Earnings By Residence (2009) Gross Weekly Wage
Local Authority Area East Dunbartonshire Council North Lanarkshire Council South Lanarkshire Council
F/T Workers 553.9 430.1 498.3
Male F/T Workers 617.7 478.6 535.3
Female F/T Workers 503.5 388.9 432.7
3. Customer profile.
There are 34 designated Deprived Area Wards within the District.
• East Dunbartonshire – 1
• North Lanarkshire – 22
• South Lanarkshire - 11
There has been a significant shift in tenure patterns in recent years towards owner / occupation in both North and South
Lanarkshire whereas East Dunbartonshire has historically been a major area of owner Occupier.
4. Principal Industries/ key employers.
• Local Authority – East Dunbartonshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council
• NHS – NHS Lanarkshire
• Jobcentre Plus -
• Retail – Supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s
• Call Centres - (covers Finance and Banking, Facilities Management, Utilities)
Be Cogent, First Direct, HBOS, John Lewis, British Gas, Scottish Southern Energy
• Supermarkets – (Tesco new stores in Wishaw and Lesmahagow), Wilkinson’s – Hamilton.
• Call Centres – British Gas, Be Cogent, John Lewis, Scottish Southern Energy.
• Care sector – Wide range of public and private residential care.
• Employment Agencies – placing large numbers of temporary vacancies across various employment sectors.
• Retail Park Developments in Bishopbriggs and East Kilbride.
• Ravenscraig development – Motherwell - Sports Complex opened September 2010 with housing and retail planned.
• Distribution Centre – Newhouse, Motherwell (Co – op)
Over the past 2 .5 years the medium to large employer base in the District has diminished significantly particularly within
Manufacturing, Transport and Distribution and Construction industries which have taken the brunt of the redundancies during the
economic downturn and there is little evidence to support a change in that direction. We are still experiencing redundancies
month on month and with the possibility of Public Sector downsizing this will also have an effect on future employment
opportunities both permanent and seasonal.
5. Key Partnerships.
• East Dunbartonshire Council – Gerard McCormack, Regeneration Services
• North Lanarkshire Council – Maureen McConachie, Head of Regeneration Services, Civic Centre , Motherwell
• South Lanarkshire Council – Jim McCaffer, Head of Regeneration Services, Montrose House, Hamilton
• NHS Lanarkshire – Tim Davidson, Chief Executive
• Coatbridge College – John Doyle, Principal.
• Cumbernauld College – Martin McGuire, Principal
• Motherwell College – Hugh Logan, Principal
• South Lanarkshire College – Stuart Mckillop, Principal
• Routes To Inclusion – Chaired by Stephen McConnachie, JCP District Manager
• Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce – Douglas Miller, Chairperson
The District Manager wishes to facilitate all meetings with bidders and key Partnerships within this District.
• Skills Development Scotland - Marlene McGlynn, Area Manager
6. Local developments and initiatives.
There is a high commitment to Partnership working within the District and there is a coordinated approach to avoid duplicatio n of
services to customers utilising resource and funding appropriately.
a. The Local Authorities Community Planning Partnership Funding is utilised to support specific customer groups within the
employability agenda, funding training and upskilling courses in Community locations linking with colleges and other skills
training organisations. Providing information and funding on Childcare, Training grants, Business start up.
b. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) funding of Training For Work contracts including customised training, linking with
Jobcentre Plus’s Employers to organise and deliver bespoke pre employment training.
c. NHS Lanarkshire / Local Authorities / SDS / JCP/ other partnership organisations and providers –The “ Equally Well” project
contains a whole series of initiatives involving a wide partnership to tackle poverty, but helping people in to work is seen as a
major way to improve a person’s financial position and health.
d. Key Workers Service delivered by Local Authority partners Community intermediaries who provide and deliver a wide range
of support within communities, training, signposting and funding to support local customers improve their employability skill s
7. Voluntary sector provision.
• Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire (VANL) – Kenny Moffat
• Volunteer Action South Lanarkshire (VASLAN) – Annie Muir
• Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire(VCED) – Adrian Murtagh
There are established networking routes and close partnership with the above organisations to promote Volunteering
opportunities within each of the Local Authority areas within the District.
8. List the ESF Co-financing Organisations (not the suppliers) within the district.
Co financing does not apply in Scotland All Local Authorities and Colleges apply for individual ESF to support priorities, needs
and demand. This approach is managed on behalf of Community Planning Partnership (CPP) by the local authority.
9. Other issues which may impact on the successful delivery of new programmes.
The key to delivery of provision in this District is partnership working as there are strong links with every Local Authority and
delivery organisation. Networks have already been formed and prefer to be part of discussions and decisions that may impact on
local implementation plans. The District Manager in Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire District wishes to facilitate all meetings
between bidders and key partners in this District
10. Jobcentre Plus offices
Town Address Postcode
Airdrie 44 Stirling Street, Airdrie ML6 0AL
Bellshill 417 Main Street, Bellshill ML4 1HU
Cambuslang Cambuslang Gate, 27 Main Street, Cambuslang G72 7EX
Cumbernauld 3 South Muirhead Road, Cumbernauld G67 1AX
East Kilbride 55 The Plaza, Town Centre, East Kilbride G74 1LW
Hamilton Cameronian House, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0EH
Kirkintilloch Queen Street, Kirkintilloch G66 1JN
Lanark Atholl House, 55-57 Bannatyne Street , Lanark ML11 7NR
Motherwell Flemington House, 600 Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 0EH
Rutherglen 3 MacDonald Street, Rutherglen G73 2QW
11. List all data sources used when completing this document.