New Deal

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents are benefiting from the New Deal in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Work)

By the end of September 2003, 480 lone parents in the Chorley constituency and 6,480 in Lancashire 1 had found work through the New Deal for Lone Parents.

New Deal for Lone Parents is just one of a raft of measures that we have introduced to help lone parents gain independence through moving into work. These measures have together helped to reduce the number of lone parents on income support by over 16 per cent. since May 1997.

1 Figures are East Lancashire and West Lancashire Jobcentre Plus Districts.

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