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New Deal

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of the new deal training budget was spent on those aged (a) 25 and under, (b) 26 to 40, (c) 40 to 55 and (d) 55 and over in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-06; and what his forecasts are for spending on these categories for the next two years. (66150)

Information on new deal training spend is not collected by the specified age ranges.

Information on new deal training spend is only available for: the new deal for young people (NDYP) full time education and training (FTET) option; the new deal 25 plus (ND25 plus) employment and training opportunities (ETO); training undertaken during the ND25 plus intensive activity period (IAP); and expenditure on the new deal 50 plus training grant.

Forecast expenditure for the next two years is only available by total new deal spend, not broken down by specific training elements.

The available information is in the following table.

New deal training spend

£ million

2003-04

2004-05

2005-061

New deal for young people2

30

36

29

New deal 25 plus3

29

26

New deal 50 plus training grant4

1

0

0

1 Data for 2005-06 are forecast expenditure and are not available for the ND25 ETO and those who have undertaken training during the ND25 plus IAP. 2 Expenditure is for people aged 18-24 who have participated on the NDYP FTET Option. 3 Information is for people aged 25 and over who have participated on the ND25 plus ETO and for those who have undertaken training during the ND25 plus IAP. 4 Information is for people aged 50 and over who have claimed the new deal 50 plus training grant. Once in work, new deal 50 plus customers can claim a training grant of up to £1,200 for training and development related to the job, and a further £300 for life-long learning. Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest million and will be shown as nil if spend is less than half a million. 2. Figures exclude: allowances paid to participants; some ancillary costs associated with new deal 25 plus such as child care and travel costs; the cost of training provided as part of the private sector led new deals and the cost of training provided as part of the other NDYP options eg training provided through the environmental task force or voluntary sector options. Source: Jobcentre Plus Financial Strategy Division