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Jobseeker's Allowance: Young People

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) claimants and (b) claimants aged 16 to 24 years registered as new claimants in respect of jobseeker’s allowance following the completion of their period on the New Deal without finding employment in each year since the inception of the New Deal. (311758)

The available information can be found in tables (a) and (b).

We are currently in the process of introducing the Flexible New Deal which replaces the existing New Deals with more flexible, tailored support. The Flexible New Deal will be available in most areas of the country by October 2010.

The small number of people who may finish the Flexible New Deal without finding sustained work, normally at the 24-month point of unemployment, will return to Jobseeker’s Allowance at the Supported Work Search stage (Stage 3). This will allow the claimant to make the best use of their experience with the Flexible New Deal provider while being required to actively seek work.

From November this year, we will also be testing two new types of support for those who finish the Flexible New Deal without finding sustained work.

In two pilot areas—Greater Manchester and Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire—people who complete Flexible New Deal without securing employment will undertake either the Work for Your Benefit programme or the Jobcentre Plus based Enhanced Support Period.

Work for Your Benefit is a programme of full-time work experience backed with additional employment support for up to six months. This is designed to help them to build up their work habits and gain practical experience which will be of value to themselves and to employers.

In addition, a new Jobcentre Plus based Enhanced Support Period will deliver more intensive one to one adviser support backed up with a ring fenced Personal Support Fund of £500 per person.

Table (a): New deal: leavers and leavers to jobseeker's allowance: time series—year of leaving

As at May:

Total leavers

Leavers to jobseeker’s allowance

1998

79,790

3,250

1999

200,500

25,050

2000

202,510

27,670

2001

217,330

27,650

2002

272,340

49,800

2003

286,980

56,020

2004

268,870

48,580

2005

244,320

52,530

2006

264,580

58,610

2007

314,700

70,040

2008

276,300

71,300

2009

134,170

47,060

Total

2,762,370

537,550

Table (b): New deal for young people—leavers (spells): immediate destination on leaving by time series—year of leaving

As at May:

Total leavers from new deal for young people

Leavers to jobseeker’s allowance

1998

79,790

3,250

1999

200,500

25,050

2000

202,510

27,670

2001

179,720

21,970

2002

168,370

20,050

2003

174,040

21,030

2004

169,190

20,900

2005

153,570

24,320

2006

176,300

28,880

2007

194,120

32,810

2008

159,260

29,930

2009

87,390

25,360

Total

1,944,760

281,210

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Figures may not sum due to rounding.

2. Total leavers in table (a) include leavers from New Deal for Partners, New Deal for 25 Plus and New Deal for Young People.

3. Table (a) does not include New Deal for Disabled People, New Deal for Lone Parents and New Deal for 50 Plus for which leavers data is not available.

4. Year of leaving is the calendar year of leaving New Deal.

5. Immediate destination is measured within two weeks of leaving New Deal, using information from the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

6. Latest data are to May 2009.

7. The measure used for New Deal for Partners is Leavers (individuals) as spells are not available.

8. The New Deal for Young People pilots began in January 1998 and full national roll-out occurred in April 1998.

9. The New Deal for 25 Plus programme was introduced in July 1998.

10. Data for New Deal for Partners are available from April 2004 (programme started in May 1999).

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate