A new scheme to help local authorities solve the problem of unemployment has been announced by the government.
According to work and pensions secretary John Hutton, Cities Strategies will benefit 15 local areas by granting them more power to help those out of work.
The programme is part of the Pathways to Work scheme and will improve the sharing of data of people claiming incapacity benefit among job centres and other employment agencies, while at the same time increasing employment programmes and training opportunities.
Mr Hutton said: "We launched the cities strategy because local people and local groups know best how to tackle the problems of worklessness in their area.
"We are determined to end deprivation in our cities and support communities where everyone has the opportunity to work. Devolving more control to cities and local areas so they can work in partnership with government is crucial to doing that."
The £32 million funding for the scheme will come from the Deprived Areas Fund.