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Employment Schemes: Disabled

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of the clients who have participated in the (a) Project Search and (b) Getting a Life programmes have achieved sustained employment; what estimate she has made of the average cost to each programme of each such job outcome; and what plans her Department has for the future operation of each such programme. (295571)

[holding answer 26 October 2009]: The Government are not currently operating Project Search. However, sites are in operation in Norwich, Leicester and Bath under individual agreements between each site and Project Search USA. We do not routinely collect any information on the costs or outcomes in any of these sites.

The launch of the learning disability employment strategy Valuing Employment Now on 24 June announced that the Government was inviting proposals from local partnerships interested in running Project Search and taking part in a Government evaluation of the model. We are currently selecting sites to run the model from September 2010.

Information on the number of people who have achieved sustainable employment through the Getting A Life programme is not yet available.

Getting A Life is planned to run until March 2011. The Government have commissioned an evaluation of the programme, which will compare employment outcomes for participants to a matched control group.