HC Deb 26 June 1997 vol 296 c638W
33. Mr. Reed

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what proposals he has to move long-term unemployed people from welfare into work. [4125]

Mr. Andrew Smith

Under our new deal for young unemployed people aged 18 to 24, we intend to offer opportunities to take jobs, and to gain relevant education, training and work experiencee. We also intend to offer employers an incentive of £75 per week to recruit people aged 25 or over unemployed for two years or more.

The Employment Service will work in partnership with the business community, voluntary organisations and other bodies to ensure the initiative is effective.

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