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Jobseekers Allowance

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1868W, on jobseekers allowance, how many and what percentage of new deal leavers (a) moved on to other benefits and (b) returned to other benefits on leaving employment (i) between six and 12 months and (ii) more than 12 months after leaving the programme in each year since 1998. (146808)

Information on people returning to other benefits on leaving employment is not available.

The available requested information is in the following table.

New deal

Moved on to other benefits between 6 and 12 months from date of leaving new deal

Moved on to other benefits more than 12 months from date of leaving new deal

Number of leavers

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

1998

97,630

5,340

5

36,840

38

1999

386,580

26,900

7

150,170

39

2000

428,050

31,040

7

155,400

36

2001

403,500

28,170

7

132,790

33

2002

401,160

28,830

7

109,860

27

2003

435,700

29,580

7

93,470

21

2004

480,330

31,870

7

68,430

14

2005

453,860

29,360

6

22,540

5

Notes:

1. Data are based on all leavers from all new deal programmes.

2. Data on ‘other benefits’ refers to income support and incapacity benefit only as these are the only benefits linked to an individual being out of work. The data show the number of leavers from new deal making new claims to either of those benefits in the periods concerned.

3. Latest complete year data is for 2005. The number and percentage of people moving to other benefits more than 12 months from the date of leaving new deal is based on benefit data to November 2006 (latest available). It would be expected that these numbers, particularly for later years, would rise as more up-to-date benefit data becomes available.

4. If a person has two separate periods on benefit, one between six and 12 months after leaving new deal, and one more than 12 months after leaving new deal, only the benefit period between six and 12 months is included in the table.

Source:

Information Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions