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New Deal Schemes

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have (a) participated in and (b) found permanent full-time employment following their participation in each New Deal programme; and what the (i) average duration and (ii) cost as a proportion of the cost of the relevant New Deal programme of each such employment was. (152706)

Information is available on the number of people placed into work through new deal, but not on the average duration of jobs gained, or whether employment gained was full time and permanent. A proportionate cost calculation cannot therefore be provided.

Information on the number of people participating on each new deal is in the following table.

Participants on new deal

Programme

People starting

New Deal for Young People

1,175,100

New Deal 25 plus

684,600

New Deal for Lone Parents

748,000

New Deal for Disabled People

242,400

New Deal 50 plus

80,900

New Deal for Partners

14,800

Source:

New Deal Evaluation Database, DWP Information Directorate

The available information on job sustainability is as follows:

Information on job sustainability is not available for new deal 50 plus and new deal for partners.

A person is defined as leaving new deal for young people and new deal 25 plus to sustained employment if they do not return to claim jobseeker’s allowance within 13 weeks.

A person is defined as leaving new deal for lone parents to sustained employment if they have gained a job that lasts at least 13 weeks, as measured within the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

A new deal for disabled people (NDDP) job is regarded as sustained when a person who has been placed into work through an NDDP job broker remains in work for 13 out of 39 weeks. Information on NDDP job sustainability has not been centrally collected since March 2006.

New deal for young people

Number

Percentage

Individuals into jobs to November 2006

732,220

Of which, into sustained employment

622,660

85

New deal 25 plus

Number

Percentage

Individuals into jobs to November 2006

286,230

Of which, into sustained employment

235,090

82

New deal for lone parents

Number

Percentage

Individuals into jobs to November 2006

497,630

Of which, into sustained employment

302,100

61

Notes:

1. Programme start dates are: new deal for young people: January 1998; new deal 25 plus: July 1998; new deal for lone parents: October 1998; new deal for partners: April 1999; new deal 50 plus: April 2000; new deal for disabled people: July 2001.

2. Information on starts to new deal 50 plus is only available from January 2004 onwards.

3. Latest data for all new deals relates to the end of February 2007.