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New Deal for Disabled People: Dorset

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are in place for the replacement of the new deal for disabled people in Dorset after 29 April. (190591)

New deal for disabled people (NDDP) will be extended until June 2008 with existing providers in all Jobcentre Plus Pathways districts, including those in the Jobcentre Plus Dorset and Somerset district. A tendering exercise to award NDDP contracts in the same districts has been carried out and preferred bidders have been notified. We expect to announce the successful bidders by 30 May 2008. Contracts are due to commence from June 2008 for a period of two years. I welcome the hon. Member's support for this important service.