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New Deal for Young People: Berkshire

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of participants in the new deal for young people in (a) Reading, (b) Wokingham and (c) Berkshire were repeat participants in the last year for which figures are available. (159509)

New deal for young people has helped 1,140 people in the Reading district authority area, 240 people in the Wokingham district authority area and 3,650 people in the county of Berkshire into work since it started in January 1998.

In the period March 2006 to February 20071 31 per cent. of those on the programme in the Reading district authority area, 27 per cent. of those on the programme in the Wokingham district authority area and 27 per cent. of those on the programme in the county of Berkshire2 were repeat participants.

1 Latest available data is to February 2007

2 The county of Berkshire consists of the unitary authorities of West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Reading, and Slough.

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of participants in the new deal for young people in (a) Reading, (b) Wokingham and (c) Berkshire returned to receiving jobseeker’s allowance (i) immediately and (ii) within one year after leaving the new deal in (A) 2006 and (B) 2004. (159511)

The available information is in the following table.

Percentage of new deal for young people (NDYP) participants returning to receive jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) after leaving new deal

2004

2006

Reading

Wokingham

Berkshire

Reading

Wokingham

Berkshire

Immediately

9

n/a

11

11

14

14

Within one year

33

29

32

n/a

n/a

n/a

Notes:

1. The county of Berkshire consists of the unitary authorities of West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Reading, and Slough.

2. The number of people who left NDYP to return immediately to JSA in Wokingham in 2004 is too low to calculate a percentage.

3. Complete data are not yet available for the percentage of participants in 2006 who returned to JSA after leaving new deal to be calculated as JSA data are only available to February 2007.

4. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

5. All percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Source:

Information Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions.