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New Deal

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage and what value of New Deal contracts are delivered by (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) other organisations. [98016]

Services to New Deal customers are delivered through Jobcentre Plus and organisations from the private and voluntary sectors.In 2001–02, total New Deal expenditure by the then Employment Service was approximately £672 million. Of this, expenditure on New Deal contracts with the private and not for profit sectors amounted to £311 million, approximately 46 per cent. of the total. The remainder of the expenditure was on services delivered by the then Employment Service (£216 million) and on allowances paid to New Deal customers (£145 million).

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Buckingham constituency are on the New Deal Programme, broken down by each category of the New Deal. [107156]

Numbers participating on each category of the New Deal Programme in Buckingham are provided in the table.

New Deal Programme in Buckingham
ProgrammeNumber of participants at end December 20021
New Deal for Young People10
New Deal 25 plus10
New Deal Programme in Buckingham
ProgrammeNumber of participants at end December 20021
New Deal for Lone Parents10
New Deal 50 +2310

1 All figures are rounded to the nearest 10. This is in line with National Statistics guidelines and prevents possible disclosure of individuals.

2 Up to end of February 2003.

3 Currently in receipt of Employment Credit.

Note:

Information on people currently participating on other New Deal programmes is not available.

Source:

New Deal Evaluation Database

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on the New Deal for Young People in the Buckingham constituency in 2001–02 have joined (a) subsidised employment, (b) the Environmental Task Force, (c) the voluntary sector and (d) the full-time education or training option. [107157]

Numbers starting individual options for the New Deal for Young People programme in the Buckingham constituency are too small to provide for any individual year, including 2001–02.Numbers joining each option in the Buckingham constituency since the programme began in April 1998 are provided in the table.

New Deal for Young People in Buckingham
OptionNumbers started since April 19981
Employment Option10
Education or Training Option10
Environmental Task Force Option10
Voluntary Sector Option10

1 All figures are rounded to the nearest 10. This is in line with National Statistics guidelines and prevents possible disclosure of individuals.

Source:

New Deal Evaluation Database

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons it is not possible for a client registered with the New Deal for Disabled People to undertake a gateway interview retrospectively to access funds for a suitable training course. [105884]

New Deal for Disabled People (NDDP) aims to support customers in receipt of incapacity benefits to take up, or return to, paid employment if they wish to do so. The purpose of the NDDP gateway interview is to introduce customers to NDDP and inform them of Job Broker services.Customers participating in NDDP can access Jobcentre Plus programmes, including Work Based Learning for Adults (WBLA), without the need to attend an additional gateway interview, provided they meet the individual programme eligibility criteria. Where a Job Broker agrees with a customer that WBLA is appropriate, they will contact Jobcentre Plus to arrange this.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the guidelines are for implementation of the (a) employer option, (b) Environmental Task Force Option and (c) Voluntary Sector Option of the New Deal for Young People; [106655]

(2) what guidance his Department issues to employers on the application of the national minimum wage to participants in the (a) employer option, (b) environmental task force option and (c) voluntary sector option of the New Deal for Young People. [107847]

[holding answer 8 April 2003]: New Deal providers are issued with detailed guidance to support their delivery of the New Deal programme, which includes information on the national minimum wage.Many participants on the New Deal for Young People Environment Task Force and Voluntary Options do not receive a wage and are thus not covered by the National Minimum Wage Act 1998. These participants are paid a New Deal allowance equivalent to their jobseeker's allowance, plus a grant of £400 paid over the 26 weeks of the programme.Employers participating in the Employment Option and providers participating in the waged Environment Task Force or Voluntary Option enter into a contractual agreement with Jobcentre Plus. The agreement includes a requirement to comply with the requirements of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.