HC Deb 08 November 1999 vol 337 cc385-6W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list(a) the administrative staff costs, (b) the costs of employer subsidies and (c) the amount spent on training recruits under the New Deal scheme during the last year. [96266]

Ms Jowell

I have been asked to reply.

In 1998–99, total expenditure for the New Deal for Young People (18–24 year olds) for administrative staff costs was £95m. This includes the cost of New Deal Personal Advisers who are at the core of the successful delivery of New Deal.

The spend on employer subsides was £18.6m.

Within New Deal for Young People, participants benefit from a wide variety of advice, guidance, training, work experience and other specialist provision. The

Mr. Bayley

Disability Living Allowance has a care component with three rates and a mobility component with two. People may be awarded either component or both, depending on their care and mobility needs.

amount spent on New Deal provision was £82.4m. (This figure excludes administration costs, employer subsidies, options allowance payments, marketing and initial set-up costs). A significant further volume of provision will be paid for in this financial year. The national launch of New Deal took place in April 1998 and as a result young people did not move into Options provision until later in the year and secondly that there was some late billing by providers. Expenditure on training provision is also affected by the higher than expected, and welcome, movement from the Gateway into unsubsidised jobs.