HC Deb 11 November 2003 vol 413 cc210-1W
Mr. Gibb

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of public expenditure per full-time job set up under the New Deal programme since 1997. [133162]

Mr. Browne

Jobs are not set up under the New Deal programme as it is not a job creation programme. The New Deal exists to provide people with the confidence and skills necessary to compete in the labour market.

In 2000, we estimated that the average cost of a young person moving into work through the New Deal for Young People was around £4,000. Cost benefit analysis published in June 2003 found that running the New Deal for Lone Parents in 2000–01 resulted in a net exchequer saving of £1,600 for each Lone Parent moving into work. Equivalent estimates of cost per job are not available for the other New Deal programmes.