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Work Programme: Ashfield

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Ashfield constituency have found employment lasting more than six months through the Work programme since its inception; how many such people were aged under 24 years old; and how many such people had a disability.

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

The available information is given in the following tables:

Number(1) of Work programme job outcomes(2) for payment groups(3) 1, 2 and 9 by area(4), age(5) and employment duration(6); as at 31 March 2013
    Employment duration(6)
Area(4) Age(5) Total 26 weeks up to 50 weeks 50 weeks or over
Ashfield parliamentary constituency Total 120 80 40
  Other 60 40 20
  18-24 60 40 20
Number(1) of Work programme job outcomes(2) for payment groups(3) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 by area(4), age(5) and employment duration(6); as at 31 March 2013
    Employment duration(6)
Area(4) Age(5) Total 13 weeks up to 25 weeks 25 weeks up to 49 weeks 49 weeks or over
Ashfield parliamentary constituency Total 120 50 40 30
  Other 60 20 20 10
  18-24 60 30 20 20
Number(1) of Work programme job outcomes(2) for payment groups(3) 1, 2 and 9 by area(4), disability indicator(7) and employment duration(6); as at 31 March 2013
    Employment duration(6)
Area(4) Disability indicator(7) Total 26 weeks up to 50 weeks 50 weeks or over
Ashfield parliamentary constituency Total 120 80 40
  No/unknown 90 60 30
  Yes 20 10 10
Number(1 )of Work programme job outcomes(2) for payment groups(3) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 by area(4), disability indicator(7) and employment duration(6); as at 31 March 2013
    Employment duration(6)
Area(4) Disability indicator(7) Total 13 weeks up to 25 weeks 25 weeks up to 49 weeks 49 weeks or over
Ashfield parliamentary constituency Total 120 50 40 30
  No/unknown 80 30 30 20
  Yes 30 10 10
Notes: 1. Figures are cumulative and are rounded to the nearest 10. "—"denotes nil or negligible. 2. Job outcomes: The Work programme IT payment system update went live in April 2012. All outcomes prior to this were recorded clerically and uploaded to the system during April and May 2012. The outcome date for these is based on the date the information was uploaded to the system. For job outcomes recorded after this, outcome dates are based on the date that payments were made to providers following pre-payment validation processes to confirm job outcomes. The manual pre-payment validation checks may take time to conduct resulting in a delay between the job outcome being claimed and the date the payment is made to providers, and hence recorded in the statistics. Validation procedures continue to improve to streamline the process as issues are identified. For further details around issues and delays to job outcome payments please see the information note available on the WP landing page https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions/series/work-programme-statistics--2 3. Payment group: Payment groups are assigned by Jobcentre Plus, on the basis of a claimant's circumstances, and benefit they receive. A small number of claimants appear in an incorrect group caused by the way information is recorded on the administrative system. Payment group 9 is the JSA ex-offender day 1 mandation group and a job outcome payment can be claimed at 26 weeks. Details of the payment groups 1 -8 can be found at annex 1 of the following document: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/wp-pg-chapter-9.pdf 4. Parliamentary constituency: Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory. Boundaries are as at the reference date. More information and a map can be found at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/geography/beginner-s-guide/maps/index.html 5. Age: Age is fixed at the time of referral. We have provided data for those aged 18 to 24 as this is a standard age grouping. 6. Employment duration: Employment duration is defined as the number of weeks required to claim a Job outcome plus the number of weeks for which sustainment payments have been made. For example a job outcome paid for a customer in payment group 1 with one additional sustainment payment will have been in employment for 30 weeks up to 34 weeks. 7. Disability indicator: Disability is self-assessed as having a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. 8. Job outcome payments: A job outcome payment can be claimed when: There has been a either continuous or cumulative period of employment (job outcome payment trigger point) of 13 weeks for payment groups 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and 26 weeks for payment groups 1, 2 and 9; A participant has been in employment and off benefit in each week of the period (a week is defined as a seven day period); and The job outcome is after the job start date, ie a job outcome payment can only be claimed when a participant starts a job after attachment activity has been recorded on DWP prescribed IT or clerical system. 9. Sustainment payments: Providers can only claim a sustainment payment where: A job outcome has been reported; Four continuous weeks in employment have elapsed between the job outcome payment date and the sustainment payment date, or between the previous sustainment payment date and the current sustainment payment date. A participant has been in employment and off benefit each week (a week is defined as a seven day period) in the four week period; and 15 working days have passed since the last date of the period being claimed. Following a break in employment after the 104 weeks allotted time providers will no longer be eligible to receive a sustainment payment (a break is defined as when a participant leaves employment for two days or more, even if they remain off benefit). Source: DWP Information, Governance and Security Directorate (IGS)

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