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New Deal Schemes

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contingency plans his Department has put in place to be invoked should delivery of flexible New Deal phase 1 not take place on the expected timetable. (271717)

The Government remain committed to bringing in the Flexible New Deal (FND) phase 1 from October 2009. None of the bids received from shortlisted suppliers in the FND competition have indicated they could not start up by the expected date.

If a provider were to be unable to start delivery in October 2009, suitable contingency arrangements would be agreed for each Jobcentre Plus District involved. Customers would continue to receive support from Jobcentre Plus and have access to the additional support at six months, until the provider was ready to accept referrals.