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New Deal for Long Term Unemployed

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is compulsory for people who are entering the new deal 25 plus for the (a) first time and (b) second and subsequent times. (143570)

New deal 25 plus is a mandatory programme for participants. Those who have not found work and left jobseeker’s allowance after completing the Gateway part of the programme are required to participate in the intensive activity period (IAP), which provides a package of help tailored to meet an individual’s needs.

Although it is compulsory to participate in an IAP, it is not compulsory for participants to undertake training or choose the Education and Training Opportunities, whether joining the programme for the first or subsequent time.