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Jobseeker’s Allowance: Employment Schemes

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of jobseeker’s allowance claimants started a work trial in each of the last six months. (282443)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking what proportion of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants started a Work Trial in each of the last six months. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

Please find attached at Annex 1 the number of JSA customers who started Work Trials compared to the number of customers claiming JSA in each of the last six months.

Work Trials and other successful policy interventions have contributed to an average of 269,000 people leaving JSA each month in the past 6 months.

Annex 1—proportion of JSA customers who started a work trial

Month

Number of JSA customers starting work trial

Number of customers claiming JSA

Proportion of JSA work trial starts (percentage)

December 2008

1,397

1,117,540

0.001

January 2009

1,491

1,243,085

0.001

February 2009

1,967

1,416,238

0.001

March 2009

2,365

1,478,222

0.002

April 2009

1,845

1,510,781

0.001

May 2009

2,837

1,516,952

0.002

Source:

BOXI management information, NOMIS