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New Deal Lone Parents: Finance

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of the New Deal Lone Parents programme was in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement. (240733)

Due to the re-organisation of Jobcentre Plus over the past five years it is not possible to provide comparable data at district level. The available information is shown in the following table.

Expenditure on new deal for lone parents broken down by nation and Government office region

£ million

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

East Midlands

0.062

0.181

1.052

0.476

0.937

1.212

1.445

1.224

1.394

0.965

East of England

0.000

0.196

0.822

0.551

0.781

0.870

0.983

0.572

3.557

1.041

London

0.438

1.557

1.363

0.895

2.085

3.050

5.025

8.042

9.934

5.211

North East

0.039

0.191

0.577

0.397

1.140

1.242

1.161

0.109

0.336

1.227

North West

0.081

0.580

1.754

1.270

3.029

3.239

3.350

2.661

2.290

3.033

Scotland

0.134

0.657

1.634

1.326

2.421

3.145

3.592

2.432

1.745

0.976

Wales

0.074

0.313

0.632

0.576

1.396

1.612

1.413

1.167

1.482

0.754

South East

0.000

0.022

1.099

0.736

1.381

1.338

1.161

1.398

7.864

1.867

South West

0.056

0.140

0.703

0.564

1.438

1.216

1.361

0.276

0.489

0.905

West Midlands

0.063

0.935

0.900

0.598

1.707

1.439

1.756

2.718

2.451

2.022

Yorkshire and Humber

0.062

0.337

1.118

0.683

1.525

2.080

3.195

3.311

3.101

2.979

Non regional/ national level

0.101

6.722

1.967

0.803

-0.265

0.006

0.031

2.122

6.874

39.374

Total

1.112

11.832

13.620

8.875

17.576

20.449

24.474

26.032

41.517

60.353

Notes:

1. New deal for lone parents started in 1998.

2. Expenditure figures exclude admin costs as they cannot be identified since 2002-03 when ringfences were removed with agreement from HM Treasury.

3. All the figures are confirmed spend and are quoted in cash terms.

4. The spend shown against non-regional/national above represents spend on projects for lone parents managed centrally.

5. Where negative figures are shown against non regional/national level spend, this reflects minor accounting adjustments made as a result of audit, which are credited at national rather than regional level.

6. The source of the above data is from the DWP financial systems. The new deal for lone parents totals agree to the departmental report.