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New Deal

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

On 14 March 2008, Official Report, vol. 473, column 30 WS, I announced my plans for implementing the flexible New Deal to build on the success of the existing New Deals for jobseekers it replaces, helping to underpin our objectives for full employment and eradicating child poverty. Based on our previous experience in implementing successfully the commercially delivered Pathways to Work in just two phases, I announced that we would adopt a similar approach for the flexible New Deal with phase 1 being delivered from October 2009 and phase 2 from October 2010.

Following further consultation between my officials and the Welsh Assembly Government I have decided to make changes to the phase 1 contracting arrangements as they will affect Wales so that there will be two contracts wholly within Wales.

These changes take account of existing partnerships in Wales and by doing so the implementation of flexible New Deal should be enhanced.

The list of Jobcentre Plus districts to be included in each phase that I announced in my earlier statement now is:

Phase 1

Phase 2

Birmingham and Solihull

Merseyside

North and East Yorkshire and Humber

Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside

Tees Valley

Glasgow

South Yorkshire

West London

Derbyshire

City and East London

Surrey and Sussex

North and North East London

Kent

Essex

Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Nottinghamshire

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

Central London

Cumbria and Lancashire

Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth

South London

Devon and Cornwall

Dorset and Somerset

South Wales Valleys

West of England

South East Wales

Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon

South West Wales

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

North and Mid Wales

Highland, Islands, Clyde Coast and Grampian

Black Country

West Yorkshire

Greater Manchester Central

Northumbria

Greater Manchester East and West

South Tyne and Wear Valley

Coventry and Warwickshire

Cheshire, Halton and Warrington

The Marches

Staffordshire

Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire

Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders

Ayrshire, Dumfries, Galloway and Inverclyde

Cambridgeshire and Suffolk

Norfolk

Lincolnshire and Rutland

Advertisements for organisations interested in bidding for phase 1 contracts will be published in the press from today.

Transforming Britain’s labour market: “Ten Years of the New Deal” is available at: http//www.dwp.gov.uk/welfarereform/docs/PMNewDeal2-01-08.pdf.

DWP “Commissioning Strategy” is available at: http//www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/dwp/2008/com-strategy/cs-rep-08.pdf.