by Tara Brady
Brent Council will lose £4 million in Government funding used to help people back into employment just as the recession takes hold.
In November 2008 the council was told it would receive the Working Neighbourhood Fund from central Government which amounted to £8.2million.
But this funding will be cut in half affecting Brent in2 Work, which targets some of the most vulnerable and deprived communities in the area.
In the past six years Brent in2 Work has put more than 4,000 residents into jobs.
The borough has been rated as having the fastest increase in deprivation in the country and this decision means its projects will be forced to scale down at the most demanding time in its six year history.
Councillor Paul Lorber, leader of Brent Council, said: "This is immensely disappointing for Brent residents. I cannot see the logic of removing funding for employment just when the country enters recession."
Brent's unemployment count has risen by 369 people in one month and over a thousand since July 2008.