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New Deal Schemes

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse of the New Deal Gateway to Work programme was in the last 12 months; and how many participants the programme has had in each year since its inception. (303030)

The New Deal Gateway to Work programme is a component of both the New Deal for Young People and the New Deal 25 Plus.

The cost of the New Deal Gateway to Work programme in the 12 months to March 2009 for the 18 to 24-year-old client group was £41.4 million.

For the age 25-plus client group, it is not possible to identify the costs of the New Deal Gateway to Work programme separately from other types of provision undertaken during the gateway period. This is because expenditure on this provision is not recorded separately from other provisions. The total cost of all gateway provision for the 25 plus year old client group was £15.8 million in the 12 months to March 2009.

The following table sets out the number of participants who have started on the Gateway to Work provision for each year since inception.

Starters on the Gateway to Work course—a component of New Deal

Financial year

New Deal for Young People

New Deal 25 Plus

Combined New Deal for Young People and New Deal 25 Plus

2001-02

44,990

3,480

48,470

2002-03

51,730

7,430

59,160

2003-04

50,410

11,730

62,140

2004-05

43,470

12,470

55,940

2005-06

49,710

8,190

57,900

2006-07

60,310

6,900

67,210

2007-08

58,140

13,910

72,050

2008-09

67,800

13,860

81,660

Notes:

1. Figures rounded to the nearest 10.

2. The Gateway to Work course was introduced to New Deal for Young People in July 2000, so the first full year data is for 2001-02.

3. A pilot in a number of Districts for New Deal 25 Plus ended in March 2006, followed by optional use nationally.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate