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Community Programme

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 1 April 1987

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asked the Paymaster General what proportion of the entrants to the community programme in the 12 months to October 1986 and December 1986 were (a) assigned to full-time places, (b) men, (c) single, (d) aged over 25 years, (e) unemployed for over 12 months and (f) formerly benefit claimants.

The information requested is given in the table.

12 months to October 198612 months to December 1986
NumberPer cent.NumberPer cent.
Total Entrants301,791307,405
(a) Full time40,44013·440,27013·1
(b) Male230,87076·5234,24276·2
(c) Single239,01879·2242,54278·9
(d) Over age 25110,15336·5114,66237·3
(e) Unemployed over 12 months174,73757·9179,21758·3
(f) (i) Former benefit claimants in direct receipt of benefit290,62496·3295,72396·2
(f) (ii) Former benefit claimants indirectly in receipt of benefit6,2152·06,3482·0

asked the Paymaster General how many community programme filled places were taken by community programme national initiatives in each category, crime, energy, CRS, FCI, NGF, UK2000 tourism for each Manpower Services Commission region at the most recent date.

Community Programme
National Initiative Filled Places by Region 27 February 1987

Filled Places

Crime Prevention

Energy Efficiency

Community Refurbishment Scheme

Farm and Country-side

National Garden Festival




East Midlands3064091513231,1612,350
Yorkshire and Humberside598607177477461,1773,082
West Midlands966481101169371,3043,058

asked the Paymaster General how much money has been paid in unemployment benefit to people on the community programme to date.

Unemployment benefit is not payable to people working full time on the community programme; in general, those working part time have not been eligible for unemployment benefit because they were regarded as working to their full normal extent. However, they may have qualified for other benefits.Information about benefits paid to people in part-time work is not available because such claims are not separately identified in the central computer records.