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New Enterprise Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) how many loans have been made through the New Enterprise Allowance scheme in each of the last three years; and what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants have received such a loan;

(2) how many loans have been made through the New Enterprise Allowance scheme since the scheme was introduced;

(3) how many loans have been made through the New Enterprise Allowance scheme in each region of the UK in each of the last three years.

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

The NEA scheme began in April 2011. The Get Britain Work programme last published official figures up to the end of November 2012. The number of new enterprise allowance scheme loans made during the period April 2011 to November 2012 was:

  Number of loans
2011 910
2012 4,800
2013 (1)
(1) MI not yet available

With regards to what proportion of jobseekers allowance claimants have received an NEA loan, this category of information is not collect by the Work programme.

Official statistics regarding the performance of the NEA, based upon official Get Britain Working measures, are available via the DWP website. Official statistics on the number of mentor and weekly allowance starts are available on:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pre-work-programme-support

Since the introduction of NEA in 2011, there have been 5,710 loans.

The number of loans made in each region between April 2011 and November 2012 are as following:

  Number of loans
Region 2011 2012
Central England 190 1,170
London and Home Counties 30 990
North East and Yorks 240 1,090
North West 50 310
Scotland 50 250
Southern England 70 550
Wales 20 100
Merseyside 260 340
Note: 2013 – MI not yet available.

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