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New Deal Schemes

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have participated in the Flexible New Deal programme in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each month since the scheme was introduced; (289145)

(2) how many people have found employment through the Flexible New Deal in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each month since the scheme was introduced;

(3) how many people have participated in the Flexible New Deal programme trial in Wandsworth in each month since the trial began;

(4) how many people have found employment through the Flexible New Deal programme trial in Wandsworth in each month since the trial began;

(5) how many people who have found employment through the Flexible New Deal programme have returned to the programme at a later date in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each month since the scheme was introduced;

(6) what her Department’s (a) budget for and (b) expenditure on the Flexible New Deal programme has been in each (i) region and (ii) Jobcentre Plus district in each month since the programme began.

The Flexible New Deal programme is being introduced in two phases. The first phase, covering 28 Jobcentre Plus districts including Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth, will start from 5 October 2009. The second phase will follow in October 2010. A number of Jobcentre Plus offices, including Wandsworth, have tested aspects of the new regime for jobseekers that will accompany the Flexible New Deal, but not the programme itself, so information on participation, performance and expenditure will not be available until after the full service has started.

The budget for Flexible New Deal is being finalised following the Budget 2009, which made an additional £2.8 billion available to DWP, on top of the £1.3 billion funding announced in the pre-Budget report, which will ensure we can continue to maintain our support to jobseekers through the economic downturn, including funding to support the Flexible New Deal.