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Pathways to Work

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the average cost (a) per start and (b) per job of the Pathways to Work programme after its national roll-out; (266112)

(2) what estimate he has made of the cost per head of the Pathways to Work programme after its national roll-out.

Figures are not yet available for the average costs of Pathways to Work since national rollout in April 2008. An independent report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (Department for Work and Pensions Research Report 498) looked at the costs and benefits of Pathways in Jobcentre Plus pilot areas:

they estimated the cost per Pathways participant (i.e. start) was £402; and

the Institute for Fiscal Studies study did not estimate costs per job entry, but did make an estimate of the total costs and benefits, from job entries. They concluded that for every £1 spent on Pathways, the Government gains £1.51 back in terms of saved benefit bills and increased tax income. This is based on a conservative assumption that Pathways impact on employment and off-flows lasts for only 70 weeks.

Statistics for Provider-led districts will be published in summer 2009.