New Enterprise Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th June 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of employment and support allowance have been admitted to the new enterprise allowance scheme in each year since that scheme began.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

NEA was rolled out nationally in August 2011, with eligibility for JSA claimants only. Eligibility was broadened to ESA WRAG recipients in February 2013 although we expect the vast majority of participants to continue to be those claiming JSA.

The benefit type of claimants admitted on new enterprise allowance (NEA) is not routinely recorded. Analysis has been conducted to identify NEA mentor starts by ESA claimants since eligibility for NEA was opened up on 18 February 2013. The results are shown in the following table.

Estimated number of NEA mentor starts by ESA claimants in each calendar year
  Estimated number
18 February 2013 to 31 December 2013 630
1 January 2014 to 31 March 2014 210
Notes: 1. Figures rounded to the nearest 10 2. Data available to 31 March 2014 3. More than 99% of mentor starts were matched to an appropriate benefit record Source: DWP National Benefits Database and Opportunities Database

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