HC Deb 26 February 2003 vol 400 cc600-3W
Mr. Frank Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have participated in New Deal 25 plus; and how many people have left the scheme for work. [93318]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

The information requested is in the table.

Total number of participants Total number of people moving into jobs Number of leavers moving into unsubsidized, sustained employment1
New Deal 25 plus (from July 1998 to September 2002) 534,400 126,300 93,600
1 To have left the programme, New Deal clients must not re-claim Jobseeker's Allowance within 13 weeks. Sustained employment is defined as employment lasting 13 weeks or more. Therefore, all jobs gained by New Deal leavers are sustained jobs.

In April 2001, New Deal 25 plus was re-engineered to provide a flexible, more individually-tailored service to help more people get jobs and remain in them.

Information on the New Deal 25 plus is published quarterly in the Statistical First Release, which is available in the Library.


New Deal Evaluation Database.

Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the changes in the proportion of New Deal for Young People leavers entering unsubsidised, sustained employment since the scheme began. [97103]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

The New Deal for Young People is continuing to help significant numbers of disadvantaged young people into work. Many of these have moved into jobs more quickly and have stayed there longer than they would have done without the New Deal. Up to September 2002, 313,700 New Deal clients had moved into jobs lasting 13 weeks or more.

Since 1999, the proportion of leavers to known destinations entering unsubsidised, sustained jobs has remained largely constant at around 54 per cent. Research has also shown that people leaving to unknown destinations are just as likely to leave the New Deal for work as those going to known destinations. Further evaluation is planned this year to confirm this position. Jobcentre Plus is working closely with New Deal providers to improve the collection and recording of the destinations of programme participants.

The change in the proportion of leavers from the New Deal for Young People entering unsubsidised, sustained employment is largely due to an increase in leavers going to unknown destinations (from 25 per cent. in 1998 to just under 33 per cent. so far in 2002).

As long-term youth unemployment has been virtually eradicated, we are now also getting feedback from those delivering the New Deal that an increasing proportion of people on the programme are facing greater barriers to moving into sustained employment. That is why we have introduced initiatives such as StepUP and progress2work which build on the New Deal and help the most disadvantaged people overcome the barriers they face and move into work.

Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many(a) young people, (b) single mothers, (c) disabled people, (d) people over 50 and (e) other categories for which information is collected have benefited from the New Deal in Nottingham North since its inception. [98321]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

The available information is in the table.

New Deal Total number of programme participants in Nottingham north1
New Deal for young people (from January 1998) 2720
New Deal 25 plus (from July 1998) 1940
New Deal for Lone Parents (from July 1998) 2940
New Deal 50 plus (Employment Credit claim) (from April 2000) 3 3180
1 Up to the end of September 2002, unless stated
2 Of these, 880 participants were female
3 Figure up to the end of November 2002


New Deal Evaluation Database

The information is not available at constituency level for the New Deal for Disabled people and new Deal for partners.

Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many New Deal 50-plus participants were first time claimants of (a) the employment credit and (b) the training grant, in each month since the scheme went nationwide. [99055]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

The information is in the table.

Month Number of new training grants Number of employment credit starts
April 10 1,730
May 20 2,430
June 30 3,000
July 50 2,560
August 60 2,490
September 100 3,270
October 110 3,290
November 120 3,400
December 120 2,660
January 130 2,190
February 140 2,720
March 190 3,280
April 150 2,610
May 180 3,290
June 170 3,200
July 160 2,920
August 180 3,160
September 160 3,010
October 230 3,300
November 250 3,670
December 130 1,730
January 160 1,800
February 160 2,340
March 240 2,920
April 130 2,460
May 220 3,330
June 130 2,540
July 130 2,620
August 190 3,060
September 160 2,480
October 280 2,860
November 270 3,490
December 180 1,940
Total 4.910 91,740


Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and may not sum due to rounding


New Deal evaluation database

Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what statistics are routinely collected on the New Deal for Disabled People; [95235]

(2) how many people in each region have (a) found work and (b) found sustained work, through the New Deal for Disabled People; 96603

(3) how many people (a) have found work and (b) have found sustained work through the New Deal for Disabled People, broken down according to the nature of the participants' disabilities. [96606]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

New Deal for Disabled People (NDDP) is the first national programme designed specifically to help people with health conditions and disabilities move into and keep jobs. Statistics on customer registration with Job Brokers, job entries and sustainability of employment are collected and published on a quarterly basis on the New Deal and NDDP websites.

A comprehensive evaluation programme is in place which will enable us to assess the effectiveness of NDDP and ensure that we build on the best of what has been achieved so far. Information about the characteristics of participants, their experiences, views and outcomes of participation in NDDP will be gathered through quantitative research. In addition, qualitative research will examine in greater depth what works for whom, how and why. We will be publishing reports on different elements of the evaluation, as they become available.

The available information is in the table.

Cumulative performance from July 2001 to December 2002
National Number registering with an NDDP job Broker1 Number helped into work by an NDDP job Broker1 Numbers achieving sustained employment following NDDP asistance2
Total 35,316 8,676 2,330
1 Job Brokers are paid on work/outcomes actually achieved. They are paid for customers registering with them and for customers that are helped into work. The figures quoted represent registrations and outcomes for which the Job Brokers have been paid.
2 Sustained work is defined as the customer remaining in paid employment for at least 26 out of 39 weeks.

David Davis

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of those on each option of the New Deal for Young People went into a sustained job in the East Riding of Yorkshire in the most recent quarter for which figures are available. [97732]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

Between July and September 2002 (the latest quarter for which figures are available), 45 young people left the New Deal Options for unsubsidised, sustained jobs in the East Riding local authority area. This is 49 per cent. of all leavers from the Options in that period.

Due to the small volumes involved, figures for individual New Deal Options cannot be published because of the risk of identifying individuals.

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