Employment Schemes: Scotland

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th April 2013.

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Photo of Stewart Hosie Stewart Hosie SNP Chief Whip, SNP Deputy Leader, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Scotland were involved in the Work Trials benefit scheme in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what the average number of working days worked was.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The number of starts on work trials, in Scotland, for the last five complete DWP operational years are:

Reporting year Starts
2008-09 500
2009-10 4,720
2010-11 3,590
2011-12 880
2012-13 640

Changes to guidance, to clarify the circumstances in which a work trial is appropriate, alongside the introduction of measures such as Great Britain Working, the Youth Contract or the Work programme, has had an impact in the number of work trials starts from 2011.

DWP does not measure and report on the average duration of work trials.

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