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Employment

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the employment rate of (a) lone parents, (b) ethnic minorities, (c) people aged over 50, (d) the 15 per cent. of the population with the lowest qualifications and (e) those living in wards with a benefit claim rate of 25 per cent. or above and wards in the 10 local authority districts with the lowest employment rates which have benefit claim rates between 20 and 25 per cent. was in each year since 2004 as measured against the baseline figures used to assess progress towards public service agreement target 4; and what progress has been made towards meeting this target. (200821)

Available information on the employment rate of lone parents, ethnic minorities, older workers, people with the lowest qualifications and people living in deprived areas in each year since 2004 as measured against the baseline figures used to assess progress towards public service agreement target 4 is shown in the following table.

The baseline for the targets set in the Comprehensive Spending Review 2004 was Quarter 2 2005. The Quarter 2 2004 data were measured against a different baseline.

Percentage

Quarter 2 2004

Quarter 2 2005

Quarter 2 2006

Quarter 2 2007

Lone Parents

54.4

56.2

56.4

57.2

Ethnic Minorities

59.2

58.6

60.5

60.1

Older Workers (aged 50-69)

54.2

54.6

55.4

55.5

Lowest Qualified

n/a

49.8

49.0

49.1

Deprived Areas

n/a

59.8

60.1

61.1

Notes:

1. The data are not seasonally adjusted so Q2 quarters are compared (as this is the baseline).

2. Quarter 2 2007 are the latest data available.

3. The data refer to Great Britain.

4. The PSA target covers people aged 50-69..

Information relating to what progress has been made towards meeting this target is available in the departmental Autumn Performance Report 2007. This is available in the Library and can also be viewed at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/dwp/2007/autumnreport/full-report07.pdf