To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that the new enterprise allowance attracts black or minority ethnic participants; and how he plans to monitor the success of those steps.
The new enterprise allowance is a voluntary scheme which is open to all jobseeker's allowance claimants from 26-weeks unemployment. All eligible claimants are informed about the scheme by Jobcentre Plus and, therefore, steps to attract specific groups are not required. Participants are self selecting and all claimants that express an interest are referred to a local mentoring partnership to have their business idea assessed. Take up of the scheme is reported each quarter via the official statistics published here: