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Unemployment Benefits

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former claimants of jobseeker’s allowance have moved on to (a) pension credit, (b) a training allowance, (c) the self employment credit and (d) a Future Jobs Fund job in each month of the last two years. (297354)

Data on people who flow off jobseeker’s allowance on to pension credit are not collated centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The information requested on people who have flowed off jobseeker’s allowance on to training allowance in each month of the last two years is given in the following table.

Jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) claimants who have flowed off JSA on to Government supported training schemes in each month of the past two years

Number

2007

October

14,410

November

14,910

December

19,445

2008

January

8,460

February

23,180

March

16,600

April

13,890

May

15,495

June

19,205

July

16,135

August

18,850

September

14,050

October

15,215

November

19,850

December

16,875

2009

January

9,315

February

24,890

March

19,665

April

20,220

May

22,720

June

20,680

July

21,870

August

18,415

September

12,205

Notes:

1. Data are rounded to the nearest five.

2. This information is published on the Nomis website at:

www.nomisweb.co.uk

3. The percentage of people leaving with an unknown destination recorded has increased over the last 10 years. This is because the completion levels of the JSA40 (forms filled in by people leaving JSA) have decreased over this period. This should be taken into account when interpreting these statistics, as many of these ‘unknown’ leavers will have moved into employment or other benefits.

Source:

Count of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems (computer held cases only).

The information requested on the number of people who have flowed off jobseeker’s allowance to receive the self-employment credit is shown in the following table. Self-employment credit was introduced from April 2009 and the latest figures available are for July 2009.

2009

Number of people receiving self-employment credit

April

30

May

190

June

460

July

780

Notes:

1. Figures above 10 are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Months are calendar months.

Source:

DWP research at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/6month_offer.asp

The information requested on people who have flowed off jobseeker’s allowance into a Future Jobs Fund job is not available.