HC Deb 20 May 1998 vol 312 cc382-3W
Mr. Moore

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list(a) by Employment Service region and (b) in total (i) the number of personal advisers in post to administer the New Deal programme and (ii) the number of New Deal applicants expected in 1998–99; and if he will calculate by Employment Service region the ratio of expected New Deal applicants to personal advisers, indicating the average for Scotland. [42149]

Mrs. Wilson

[holding answer 18 May 1998]: The information for those eligible for the 18–24 programme by New Deal Units of Delivery within Scotland is tabulated. The planning assumption is that New Deal Personal Advisers will have an average caseload during Gateway of 33 clients with sufficient time being available to allow advisers to visit a further 12 clients a month who are on one of the 4 options.

Scotland: New Deal for 18–24 year olds
Unit of delivery Number of personal advisers allocated Projected new deal client group 1998–991
Ayrshire 18.91 2,749
Borders 1.36 303
Dunbartonshire 8.02 1,483
Dumfries and Galloway 4.71 790
Fife 13.49 2,261
Forth Valley 10.66 1,788
Glasgow 39.5 6,083
Grampian 6.34 1,210
Lanarkshire 24.03 3,981
Edinburgh East and Midlothian 16.3 2,965
West Lothian 3.06 750
Renfrewshire 10.18 1,893
Tayside 19.83 2,517
Argyll and The Islands 1.84 313
Caithness and Sutherland 1.3 193
Inverness and Nairn 2.45 437
Lochaber 0.48 94
Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey 1.61 378
Orkney 0.23 58
Ross and Cromarty 1.51 307
Shetland 0.2 57
Skye and Lochalsh 0.92 65
Western Isles 0.77 152
Scotland 187.7 30,827
1 Indicative assumptions based on current unemployment levels. These are not forecasts of the actual numbers who will participate but they do help to ensure that adequate resources are in place to meet potential demand


The ratio of expected applicants to Personal Advisers is a largely meaningless statistic because due to the rolling nature of the programme, it does not indicate the number of young people a Personal Adviser would be required to deal with at any one time