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New Deal Schemes

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people over 25 years old have not been referred to the New Deal 25 plus or Employment Zones upon reaching 18 months as a claimant as a result of (a) capacity and (b) budgetary constraints; (271692)

(2) how many people aged 18 to 24 years old upon reaching six months of a Jobseeker's Allowance claim have not been referred to the New Deal for Young People or Employment Zones as a result of (a) capacity and (b) budgetary constraints.

The information requested is not available as it is not collected on Department for Work and Pensions' databases.

However, Jobcentre Plus performance in delivering New Deal and Employment Zone referral interviews is measured as part of an Interventions Delivery Target. The latest performance figures (up to November 2008) show that 91.8 per cent. checked, JSA-related adviser interviews, which include the initial New Deal/Employment Zone referral interview, were undertaken within the required timescale. This is against a target of 90 per cent. Therefore there is no reason to believe customers are not being referred to New Deal and Employment Zones at the appropriate time.