New Deal Schemes

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th February 2008.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Conservative, Altrincham and Sale West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have completed a New Deal for the over 55s programme (a) in total, (b) twice, (c) three times, (d) four times, (e) five times and (f) more than five times.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

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)
In total 90,220 100
Twice only 2,190 2.42
Three times only 70 0.07
Four times only
Five times only
More than five times

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

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