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Location: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 1. Geography The borough is characterised by areas and pockets of affluence and of multiple deprivation, often side-by-side. Familiar inner city London issues of relatively high numbers of people with English as a second language, low qualifications, alcohol and drug abuse problems, etc, and high housing and childcare costs also exist. Transport links are excellent throughout the borough, although for road and tube/rail these tend to be better on the east to west axis rather than north south. The Royal Borough ranks as the second highest of all local authorities in England and Wales for the proportion of its population born outside of the UK. There are significant international communities from the United States of America, Western Europe and Northern Africa. 2. Employment, earnings, and working age benefit statistics. Total employee jobs number 110,400, of which 77,400 are full-time and 33,000 are part-time. Recent research estimates that taking all local employment into account (including self-employed and small partnerships) over 120,000 people are employed by over 20,000 Borough organisations. 66.7% of the Working Age Population are economically active with 49.3% employed and 12.4% self-employed. Average Gross Weekly Pay is £552.10. As at August 2010, 3,350 residents were claiming JSA - 570 of these were aged 18-24, 2,180 were aged 25-49, and 600 over 50. 1,855 had been claiming for up to 6 months, 755 for between 6 and 12 months, and 735 for over 12 months. As at February 2010, 6,230 residents were claiming ESA/IB, 1,670 lone parents were claiming IS, and 620 others were on income related benefits. Kensington and Chelsea has the highest proportion of adults with a higher education of level 4/5 qualifications in the whole of England and Wales. 3. Customer profile. The borough has a total resident population of 169,900 of which 118,900 (70.0%) are aged between 16 and 64. 50.1% are White British, 25.3% Other White, 3.8% Other Ethnic Group, 3.8% Black or Black British: African, 3.3% White Irish, 2.6% Black or Black British: Caribbean, and 2.0% Asian or Asian British: Indian. Unemployment hotspots can be found across the borough, but more significantly in Golborne, Notting Barns, St Charles, and Colville wards in the north and Cremorne in the South. The number of 16-18 year olds in the Borough Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) has decreased in each of the last four years. 4. Principal Industries/ key employers. The 20,000 businesses in the Royal Borough reflect the size and distribution of the London service-based economy. The single largest sector with 6,690 businesses is the Real estate and Business Services sector. The Personal Services (encompassing artistic and creative industries, museum activities, hair and beauty and entertainment) sector and the Wholesale and Retail sectors are the next most numerous amongst the local business population. The key industries are all within the service sector which accounts for 94.1% of all jobs and where there are over 39,000 in distribution, hotels and restaurants; almost 27,000 jobs in finance and IT; almost 22,000 in public admin, education and health; over 11,000 in other services; and almost 5,000 in transport and communications. A further 22,800 jobs are tourism-related and 5,100 and 900 are in manufacturing and construction respectively. Key employers include Harrods and major hotels such as Hilton; numerous outlets of national restaurant and retail chains in areas such as Kensington High Street and King's Road; NHS and private hospitals; national museums; the local authority and Earl's Court Exhibition Centre. 5. Key Partnerships. The Kensington and Chelsea Partnership is the Local Strategic Partnership for the borough and consists of representatives from the local authority, the local Police, Fire Service and NHS, the business community and the local voluntary and community sectors. The Partnership aims to join up services within the borough, plan locally for the long term and improve quality of life in the borough, especially in more deprived neighbourhoods. The Kensington and Chelsea Steering Group is the “board“ for the partnership and contains representatives from each of the organisations and sectors within the Partnership. Jobcentre Plus does not sit on the Steering Group. The Kensington and Chelsea Partnership Learning, Work and Business Theme Group is a subgroup of the Partnership with the objective to maintain an overview of employment, training and business support in the borough and align objectives, resources and provision in an efficient and targeted way with the ultimate aim of enhancing learning, training and employment opportunities for local people and stimulating a strong business economy. Key players in the group are the RBKC Economic Development team, RBKC Children’s Services, RBKC Housing Regeneration, Connexions, Kensington and Chelsea College, PCT and Jobcentre Plus NOTE – The three London Boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham have announced that they are progressing with a project to merge services across the three boroughs, with plans to be published in February 2011. The Boroughs could become a pilot area for community budgets which will be run in 16 local areas from April 2011 for families with complex needs. 6. Local developments and initiatives. The borough does not receive any Working Neighbourhood Funding, and has no other significant funding through LDA/Child Poverty Units etc. Therefore they focus their attention on public, voluntary and community sector organisations, including partners and DWP-contracted providers, who work closely together to find solutions through core funds, mainstream contracts and European Social Fund projects. 7. Voluntary sector provision. The Kensington and Chelsea Social Council (KCSC) is a Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) and is the umbrella body for voluntary and community organisations in Kensington and Chelsea. KCSC works to empower and support voluntary and community groups. They aim to develop a strong local sector voice to influence decision makers and encourage sector campaigning and lobbying to improve the quality of life of residents of Kensington and Chelsea. 8. List the ESF Co-financing Organisations (not the suppliers) within the district. DWP, SFA / YPLA, LDA, London Councils and National Offender Management Service 9. Jobcentre Plus offices Town Address Postcode North Kensington North Kensington Jobcentre, Units 308-312, Quayside House, Kensal Road, London W10 5BL 10. List all data sources used when completing this document. www.nomisweb.co.uk (Office for National Statistics) www.neighbourhoodstatistics.gov.uk (Office for National Statistics) RBKC Local Economic Assessment (draft) including business research from Trends Business Research 2010.
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