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New Deal Plus for Lone Parents

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions where the seven pilot schemes for the New Deal Plus for Lone Parents are taking place; in which parliamentary constituencies they are taking place; how long the pilots will last; and what criteria will be used to evaluate their effectiveness. (154670)

New deal plus for lone parents was introduced in April 2005 in North London, South East London, Bradford, Dudley and Sandwell, and Leicestershire. It was extended to Cardiff and Vale and Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders in October 2006. The current pilots, which run until March 2008, are open to eligible lone parents in non-London areas and eligible lone and couple parents in London areas.

The Child Poverty Strategy ‘Working for Children’, published in March 2007, announced the extension and expansion of the new deal plus pilots from April 2008 to March 2011. In pilot locations outside London, key elements of new deal plus for lone parents will be extended to eligible couple parents, and the pilots will be expanded to cover all London areas and will continue to be available to eligible lone and couple parents.

The effectiveness of the pilots is defined in terms of increased exits from benefit and increased employment outcomes compared with similar lone parents in non pilot areas. Evaluation also examines the effectiveness of delivery and impacts on the wider economy.

Early findings from the pilots were included in ‘The lone parent pilots after 12 to 24 months: an impact assessment of In-Work Credit, Work Search Premium, Extended Schools Childcare, Quarterly Work Focused Interviews and New Deal Plus for Lone Parents’, DWP Report 415, published in March 2007, and in ‘New Deal Plus for Lone Parents qualitative evaluation’ DWP Report 426, published in May 2007. Both reports are available in the Library. Qualitative findings from the Scottish and Welsh pilots, and findings from the next wave of Impact Assessments will be published next year and placed in the Library.

Details of the Parliamentary constituencies in which the new deal plus for lone parents pilots are currently operating are in the following table.

New deal for lone parent Jobcentre Plus Pilot District

Parliamentary constituency

North London (part of North and North East London Jobcentre Plus District)

Finchley and Golders Green



Enfield, North

Hornsey and Wood Green (the new deal plus for lone parents pilots do not cover Hornsey)


South East London Jobcentre Plus District

Bexleyheath and Crayford

Erith and Thamesmead

Old Bexley and Sidcup


Greenwich and Woolwich

Lewisham, East

Lewisham West

Lewisham, Deptford

Dudley and Sandwell (part of the Black Country Jobcentre Plus District)

Dudley, North

Dudley, South

Halesowen and Rowley Regis



West Bromwich, East

West Bromwich, West

Leicestershire (part of the Leicestershire and Northampton Jobcentre Plus District)

Leicester South,

Leicester, East

Leicester, West

Harborough (Market Harborough)


Hinckley and Bosworth



North West Leicestershire

Rutland and Melton (the new deal plus for lone parents pilots do not cover Rutland)

Bradford (part of West Yorkshire Jobcentre Plus District)

Bradford, North

Bradford, South

Bradford, West



Cardiff and Vale (part of South East Wales Jobcentre District)

Vale of Glamorgan

Cardiff, Central

Cardiff, North

Cardiff, South and Penarth

Cardiff, West

Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Jobcentre Plus District

Edinburgh, West

Edinburgh, East

Edinburgh, South West

Edinburgh, North and Leith

Edinburgh, South

Livingston, Broxburn, East Calder, Mid Calder

East Lothian, Mussleburgh, Haddington

Midlothian, Loanhead, Dalkeith, Gorebridge

Roxburgh and Selkirk, Galashields, Penicuik