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Employment Schemes

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 97 of the pre-Budget report 2009, what temporary employment programmes will be phased out by 2012-13; and what estimate she has made of the likely savings to her Department in (a) 2012-13 and (b) each of the following three years. (313271)

As set out in “Building Britain's Recovery, Achieving Full Employment”, in the projections of the public finances, the Government uses a National Audit Office audited assumption for claimant unemployment. If unemployment was to follow the latest assumption at the time of the pre-Budget report, this would imply savings of approximately £10 billion over the next five years from lower benefit spending alone, compared to the assumption at the time of the Budget.

We will continue to review the support that is available for jobseekers, and decisions on the Department's future expenditure limits and spending allocations will be taken at the spending review.