New deal 50 plus is a voluntary programme for people who have been claiming an eligible benefit for six months. People can leave the programme at any point and there is thus no definition of 'completing' the programme.
The available information on the number of people who have started on the programme, and the number of times they have started is in the following table.
|New deal 50 plus|
|Number of people who have started||Number||Proportion (percentage)|
|Three times only||70||0.07|
|Four times only||—||—|
|Five times only||—||—|
|More than five times||—||—|
| Notes: |
1. Data on starts to new deal 50 plus are only available from January 2004.
2. Latest data are to August 2007.
3. '—' indicates a nil or negligible figure.
4. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate