HC Deb 03 March 1987 vol 111 cc558-9W
18. Mr. Kennedy

asked the Paymaster General to what extent the distribution of resources within the community programme take account of regional variations in overhead costs; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lee

Community programme resources allow funding of up to £440 per participant place for operating costs expenditure. This maximum figure applies equally to projects in all parts of the country.

21. Mr. Leighton

asked the Paymaster General what plans he has for the future development of the community programme in relation to 18 to 25-year-olds.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The community programme is currently available in most places to those people aged 18 to 25 who have been unemployed for six months or more. However, we believe that the new job training scheme is a better route back into employment for unemployed people under 25 in their own interest, and as good quality JTS expands it will be the preferred scheme for this age group. The community programme can then provide more places for the longer-term unemployed. At the moment, therefore, in the nine original job training scheme pilot areas eligibility for those aged 18 to 25 is the same as for other unemployed people, namely, that they should have been unemployed for 12 months or more.

33. Mrs. Dunwoody

asked the Paymaster General how many people find work after completing the community programme.

69. Mr. Haynes

asked the Paymaster General what proportion of community programme participants enter into jobs after leaving the scheme.

Mr. Lee

Latest survey results show that 54 per cent. of former community programme participants had had at least one job during the 10-month follow-up period, some 35 per cent. were in employment at the 10-month point, with a further 3 per cent. in training.