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Employment Schemes

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the personalised employment programme pilots are part of (a) the progression to work pathfinders and (b) the invest to save pathfinders. (255101)

The Personalised Employment Programme pilots will test a single, integrated, flexible employment programme for jobseeker’s allowance claimants, new employment and support allowance claimants and parents with younger children. These pilots are designed primarily to test a new delivery model for contracted out employment support across multiple client groups.

We intend that the Progression to Work pathfinders will be separate from personalised employment programme pilots. However, we will apply the same broad conditionality framework for the Progression to Work group in the pilots as we plan to use in the pathfinders.

The invest to save pathfinders will be separate from the Personalised Employment Programme pilots in order that we can properly evaluate the impacts of the different delivery and funding models.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) lone parents and (b) partners of existing benefit claimants will participate in progression to work pathfinders. (255115)

The ‘Progression to Work' pathfinders will, subject to the passage of legislation, cover approximately 10 per cent. of lone parents on income support with children aged one to six. This equates to approximately 60,000 lone parents falling into the Progression to Work group each year, based on current volumes.

Subject to the passage of legislation, the ‘Progression to Work' pathfinders will cover approximately 10 per cent. of partners of benefit recipients with children aged one to six. Based on current volumes, this equates to approximately 10,000 partners of benefit claimants falling in the Progression to Work group each year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals claimed travel expenses for journeys to and from (a) work-focussed interviews and (b) meetings with personal advisers at Jobcentre Plus offices in each of the last 60 months; how much on average was claimed by each individual; and how much was claimed for such expenses in each month. (256807)

[holding answer 12 February 2009]: The information is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.