New Deal Schemes

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were eligible to participate in each of the new deal programmes when each was initiated.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Work)

The information available is in the following table.

Date new deal started Number of people eligible to participate
New deal for young people (NDYP) April 1998 113,000
New deal 25 plus (ND 25+) July 1998 168,000
New deal for lone parents (NDLP) October 1998 (1)939,000
New deal for partners (NDP) April 1999 87,000
New deal 50 plus (ND50+) April 2000 (2)1,455,002
New deal for disabled people (NDDP) July 2001 (3)2,805,000
Notes:

1. Data are held quarterly so the figure given is for November 1998.

2. Data are held quarterly so the figure given is for May 2000.

3. Data are held quarterly so the figure given is for August 2001.

4. NDYP is a mandatory programme for claimants aged 18-24 who have been claiming jobseeker's allowance (JSA) for six months.

5. ND25+ is a mandatory programme which was initially introduced for claimants aged 25 and over who had been claiming JSA for two years.

6. NDLP is a voluntary programme. Lone parents can participate if they are not working, or working less than 16 hours per week, and their youngest child is under 16 years old.

7. NDP is a voluntary programme. When it was initially introduced in April 1999, partners of claimants who had been claiming JSA for at least 26 weeks were eligible to join the programme.

8. ND50+ is a voluntary programme which supports people aged 50 or over who have been claiming benefits including JSA, income support, incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance for six months or more.

9. NDDP is a voluntary programme for disabled people who are in receipt of certain qualifying benefit (for example, incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance).

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