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Employment Schemes: Young People

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how long a person under 25 years old must (a) have not been in education, employment or training and (b) have been claiming jobseeker’s allowance to qualify for accelerated entry to the new Gateway. (176854)

[holding answer 7 January 2008]: The proposals are to fast track those aged 20 and over to the new Gateway if they have spent a large proportion of the previous two years in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance. Those aged under 20 who have not had time to build up two years of benefit history will be fast tracked to the new Gateway on the basis of how much time they have previously spent not in education, employment or training or in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance. Precise qualifying criteria for both age groups have yet to be determined. These arrangements will be mandatory.

Subject to capacity, Jobcentre Plus will also give voluntary early access to the new Gateway to other disadvantaged groups.