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Lone Parents

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Hendon (a) have agreed to participate in New Deal for Lone Parents, (b) have declined to participate in New Deal for Lone Parents and (c) have gained employment through New Deal for Lone Parents; and if he will make a statement. [109025]

The New Deal for Lone Parents is a voluntary programme open to any lone parent who is working for less than 16 hours a week, to help them overcome the problems they face when trying to find work.In Hendon since the start of the New Deal for Lone Parents, of the 650 lone parents who have attended an initial interview, 560 have agreed to participate in the programme, and 240 of these participants have already gained employment.