Select Committee on Work and Pensions Written Evidence

Annex C



  New Deal 25 plus was launched in 1998 for those people who had been claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for 2 years—helping long-term unemployed people find work or improve their prospects of doing so.

  In April 2001, New Deal 25 plus was extended and enhanced following several pilots to test different and innovative ways to tackle long-term unemployment. Building on the existing programme and learning from the New Deal for Young People (NDYP), New Deal 25 plus provides more intensive job search help and tailored support for people seeking employment. The re-engineered New Deal 25 plus was extended to people who had been JSA claimants for 18 out of the last 21 months.


  The New Deal for Young People was launched in 1998 providing 18 to 24 year olds with the skills, confidence and motivation to help them find work and improve their prospects of doing so. It is a mandatory programme for young people who have been claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for six months.

  Participants enter a "Gateway" (lasting up to four months) in which a Personal Adviser gives them intensive job search help and advises on ways to improve their job prospects. Those still claiming JSA at the end of the Gateway then have a choice of four options (up to June 2003).

  Subsidised employment (including support to become self employed).

  Voluntary sector work.

  Environment task force.

  Full-time education and training.

  Those returning to JSA after their option enter a follow-through period of intensive job search help.

  By the end of June 2003 the New Deal for Young People had successfully helped nearly 450,000 young people into jobs. As a consequence, long-term youth unemployment has been virtually eradicated.


  New Deal 50 plus was introduced in nine pathfinder areas on 25 October 1999 and rolled out nationally on 3 April 2000. This is a major programme for people over 50 who are looking for work. It is designed to help long-term unemployed and economically inactive people who have been claiming work related benefits for six months or more, back into paid employment.

  New Deal 50 plus is part of a wider government campaign to address age discrimination and improve prospects for older people. It offers:

    —  flexible support for part-time and full-time work and self-employment;

    —  financial support on moving into work, paid through the new tax credits;

    —  personal advice and Jobsearch help; and

    —  an "in work" Training Grant.

  The qualifying benefits are JSA, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance—including National Insurance Credits. In addition, time spent in receipt of Invalid Care Allowance or the Bereavement Allowances will count towards the qualifying period once a claim for a qualifying benefit is established.


  The New Deal for Disabled People (NDDP) is designed to help the Government learn more about supporting people with health conditions and disabilities into paid employment.

  NDDP ran a number of pilots from September 1998 to June 2001, which helped over 8,000 people into work. Based on this success and building on the best practice from these pilots, NDDP was extended from 2001 across England, Scotland and Wales.

  A voluntary NDDP gateway offers qualifying benefit recipients an interview with an adviser which signposts them to Job Brokers. In Jobcentre Plus areas, NDDP information is issued to customers as part of the initial mandatory Work Focused Interview (WFI).

  From July 2001, NDDP Job Brokers were introduced to provide services and give support to people on disability and health related benefits who want to work.

  Job Brokers are made up of private, voluntary and public sector organisations or combinations of these in partnership. They agree with each customer what is the most appropriate route into employment for them, and work closely with providers of training and other provision where the customer needs additional help.

  They are constantly developing their expertise and using different ways of helping people with health conditions and disabilities to progress into work. Job Brokers also work with local employers to identify their needs, match these with the skills of their customers and to support the customer during their first six months of employment.

  NDDP focuses on achieving sustained employment and Job Brokers are paid on an outcome related basis. Job Brokers receive payment for registering customers, job entries and achieving sustained employment. From April 2002 additional Job Broker provision was introduced.


  New Deal for Lone Parents (NDLP) was launched in 1998, and from 2001 it has been opened up to all lone parents who are not working or are working less than 16 hours per week. There have been over 500,000 entrants to the programme and over 200,000 participating lone parents have found work.

  Nine out of 10 lone parents want to work. Over 1,000 Personal Advisers across the country are offering lone parents advice with job seeking, training, in-work benefits and childcare.

  NDLP is a long-term investment to make a real difference to the lives of lone parents and to help lift them and their children out of poverty. Independent evaluation has shown that lone parents moving from Income Support into work were on average £40 per week better off.

  From April 2003 Childcare Partnership Managers have been introduced into every Jobcentre Plus District. Their role is to ensure that jobseekers with children and their personal advisers have access to information on childcare provision in their area.


  The New Deal for Musicians provides focused guidance and training for people who wish to enter the music industry—the third highest exporter in the UK—whether they are instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, songwriters or even performing DJs.

  The New Deal for Musicians started in August 1999 as part of the New Deal for Young People. In April 2001, New Deal 25 plus began to offer participants the opportunity work with a specialist music industry consultant.

  Due to the success of the New Deal for Musicians pilot it has been adopted as part of the mainstream New Deals since November 2002.


  The New Deal for Partners is a voluntary programme introduced to help the partners of benefit claimants who want to work. It was introduced in April 1999 for the partners of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance who had been out of work for six months or more. In April 2001 the programme was extended to the partners of those claiming Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Carers Allowance.

  Partners can refer themselves to the programme, which begins with an interview with a personal adviser who can explain the help, support and opportunities available to the partner to find work, including in-work benefits and childcare provision. In the past, partners of benefit claimants were largely ignored and given little help in finding employment.

  At the end of July 2003, over 10,500 initial interviews had been carried out which have led to around 4,000 positive outcomes (including referrals to Work Based Learning for Adults and further education). Nearly 1,800 partners have moved into employment through New Deal for Partners.

Joy Kabugu

29 October 2003

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