New Deal for Young People

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 young people 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 for young people (NDYP) is a mandatory programme for people aged 18-24 who have been claiming jobseeker's allowance (JSA) for six months. Although there are different stages to the programme, people are not necessarily expected to complete all elements as the aim is to get them into work as soon as possible. There is not, thus, a strict definition of 'completing' NDYP. Those who return to claim JSA again with 13 weeks of leaving NDYP return at the point at which they left the programme.

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. Data for those starting more than once will include those who have completed all the elements of NDYP, as well as those who have left NDYP at an earlier stage and returned to the programme.

New deal for young people
Number of people who have started Number Proportion (percentage)
In total 1,237,560 100
Once only 887,030 71.7
Twice only 245,320 19.8
Three times only 78,840 6.37
Four times only 21,720 1.76
Five times only 4,120 0.33
More than five times 530 0.04

1. Latest data are to August 2007.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.


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