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Cooperatives and Social Enterprises

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th November 2018.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what resources are available through Jobcentre Plus for people planning to set up social enterprises and co-operatives.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The New Enterprise Allowance supports people to start their own business or develop their business if they are already self-employed. Businesses may include social enterprises or cooperatives.

Since its launch in April 2011 up to the end of June 2018, there have been over 120,520 businesses set up through the New Enterprise Allowance scheme.

Work Coaches are also aware of local provision to which they can signpost people as appropriate.

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