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New Deal Schemes

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the letter recently sent by his Department to bidders for Flexible New Deal contracts regarding the Department's revised assumptions for customer volumes; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter. (254959)

[holding answer 9 February 2009]: A letter was issued to shortlisted bidders in the Flexible New Deal competition on 30 January. A copy of the letter has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what timetable he has set for awarding contracts for providers under the flexible new deal; and if he will make a statement. (256607)

[holding answer 12 February 2009]: The competition for contracts to deliver Flexible New Deal is under way; 124 bids were submitted and these are being evaluated. The number of people expected to start the programme is likely to increase from the numbers provided to bidders earlier in the competition. DWP believe it prudent to now ask bidders to submit an additional bid.

This consultation will delay the announcement of preferred bidders. However the Government remains committed to bringing in the Flexible New Deal phase 1 from October 2009.