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Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of 16 to 24-year-olds likely to participate in the Youth Contract in (a) the East Midlands and (b) Leicester City.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Over the coming weeks we will be working with Work programme providers, employers and key stakeholders to develop the detail of the recently announced Youth Contract.

Overall the Youth Contract will provide:

160,000 wage incentives, worth £2,275 each, available through the Work programme; an extra 250,000 work experience or sector-based work academy places over the next three years, taking the total to at least 100,000 a year; at least 20,000 extra incentive payments worth £1,500 each for employers to take on young people as apprentices; extra support through Jobcentre Plus for all 18 to 24-year-olds; and a new £150 million programme to provide support to some of our most vulnerable 16 to 17-year-olds who are not in employment, education or training.

No estimates for participation at local levels have yet been made.

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