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Jobstart Scheme

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 10 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish up-to-date figures showing the total number of payments made under the jobstart scheme, together with a breakdown of the wages of jobs covered by the scheme in the same format used in the reply given on 18 April 1986, Official Report, columns 527–28; and if he will show the average duration of jobstart payments.

[holding answer 7 November 1987]: Since the introduction of jobstart, 18,107 people have been accepted on to the allowance. The total sum paid out under jobstart up to 27 November 1987 amounts to £6·8 million. The most recent figures available as to the breakdown of wages of jobs covered by the scheme are as follows:

1 July 1986 to 25 September 1987
Wages (£ a week)Number
0 to 39642
40 to 491,101
50 to 592,521
60 to 694,104

[holding answer 7 December 1987]: Most of those interviewed under the restart programme are invited to interview after six, 12 or 18 months unemployment. The information requested on the length of time spent unemployed after a restart interview is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish up-to-date figures, showing the outcome of interviews conducted under the restart scheme, covering the period from the introduction 01 the scheme, in the same format used in the reply given on 6 November 1986, Official Report, columns 523–24, together with a breakdown of these figures to show outcomes for each three-month or similar time period.

[holding answer 7 December 1987]: The number of people interviewed under the restart programme and the numbers referred to the various menu items, broken down into three-month periods since the national inception of restart, are shown in the table.We do not know how many of those selected for interview are ultimately placed in a job or in a training scheme or programme.

Wages (£ a week)Number
70 to 797,543
Total15,911
Information on the average duration of jobstart payments is not available.