By commissioning services differently – including the use of private firms paid by results – the board hopes to get 9,000 people off benefits by 2012.
It also aims to dramatically raise skills, by getting 77,000 more residents qualified to at least NVQ Level 2 (equivalent to five GCSEs) and a further 54,000 qualified to NVQ Level 3 (A-level standard).
A new “Fit For Work” plan will see trained employment liaison officers step in to help people in danger of falling out of work because of a health condition.
The Liverpool city-region will boast a population of 1.5m people, economic income of £17bn, 540,000 jobs and 40,000 businesses.
Leicestershire and Pennine Lancashire will also sign MAAs – joining the first wave of Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Teesside, Tyne and Wear, South Hampshire and Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.
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