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Jobcentre Plus Vacancies

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) inflows and (b) outflows of Jobcentre Plus vacancies were in each quarter since June 2004 in each area of the north-east region. [11380]

Mr. Timms: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive, Lesley Strathie. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Lesley Strathie to Mr. Jim Cousins, dated 13 September 2005:

Inflows and outflows of Jobcentre Plus vacancies in the north-east region

City of SunderlandDurham CountyGateshead and
South Tyneside
NorthumbriaTees Valley
June 2004
Vacancies notified(11)2,5624,0062,9676,6675,198
Jobs notified(12)5,5568,3456,98412,97810,290
Total jobs filled(13)1,6982,6952,0923,6782,831
September 2004
Vacancies notified(11)2,6894,4243,4777,5395,878
Jobs notified(12)6,9048,8189,42715,09612,268
Jobs filled(13)1,7282,6732,2663,9803,259
December 2004
Vacancies notified(11)1,7543,1032,0395,1324,194
Jobs notified(12)3,9886,6025,25111,3549,247
Jobs filled(13)1,8812,5273,3683,9533,654
March 2005
Vacancies notified(11)1,9213,6022,4196,0804,729
Jobs notified(12)4,3617,0535,00512,4158,864
Jobs filled(13)1,3792,3131,9383,4681,519
June 2005
Vacancies notified(11)1,7893,1332,2105,7514,569
Jobs notified(12)3,9226,0414,54311,4778,439
Jobs filled(13)1,1421,9051,5602,7681,267

(11) Represents in-flow of vacancies.
(12) Represents total number of jobs notified.
(13) Represents out-flow of vacancies.
The disparity between the number of jobs notified and the number filled results from: employers filling jobs through other sources; employers withdrawing vacancies; insufficient evidence to demonstrate that a vacancy has been filled by a Jobcentre Plus applicant.
Jobcentre Plus Labour Market System

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New Deal

Sir Malcolm Rifkind: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the cost per additional job created by the new deal programmes; and what assumptions are made in making that calculation. [12214]

Margaret Hodge: The new deal is not a job creation scheme. It is designed to help unemployed and disadvantaged people into work or training. It has already been successful in helping more than 1.3 million people into employment.

Research has been conducted on the macro-economic effect of new deal for young people (NDYP) and new deal for lone parents (NDLP). Information is not available on new deal 25 Plus, new deal for disabled or new deal for partners.

A national audit office report 1 suggested that the average annual cost per additional person of any age in employment through new deal for young people is within the range of £5,000-£8,000.

The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) undertook a detailed macro-economic analysis of NDYP until March 2002 2 . NIESR calculated the net budgetary cost per job was £7,000 per annum (excluding the environmental task force and voluntary sector options) or £4,000 per annum when these two options are included.
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NIESR calculated that by March 2000, NDYP had reduced unemployment among all age groups by 35,000. They also estimated that NDYP raised youth employment by 15,000 (excluding those on the environmental task force and voluntary sector options). Adding these two options raised this to 30,000 more young people in work due to NDYP.

Evidence on the cost effectiveness of new deal for lone parents (NDLP) comes from the cost benefit analysis of NDLP carried out by departmental economists. The findings were published in the NDLP evaluation synthesis report in June 2003 3 .

The unit costs of NDLP in 2000–01 were £400 per participant. The gross cost per job was around £860 and the cost per additional job was £1,560.

A calculation of cost effectiveness takes into account the additional earnings from movements into work and the costs of running the programme in 2000–01. NDLP provided a significant net economic gain to society, with a net benefit of over £4,400 from each additional job, and a total net gain of £115 million.

The net impact on public finance was also calculated. This included the cost of in-work credits and benefits such as the working families' tax credit. NDLP in 2001–02 resulted in a net exchequer saving of £1,600 for each additional job entry; a total saving of £41.5 million.

The assumptions made in the above calculations can be found in the listed reports, which are available in the Library.

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from the Great Grimsby constituency have been on the new deal in each year since its introduction; and if he will make a statement. [14371]

Margaret Hodge: The available information on individual starts is in the table.
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PeriodIndividual starts
January 1998-March 199810
April to March:

1. Information relates to individuals starting new deal for young people, new deal 25 plus and new deal for lone parents. Information on individuals starting other new deal programmes is not available at constituency level.
2. Figures may include individuals who have started more than one of the new deal programmes. In this situation, they would be included in the figures more than once.
3. If an individual has started a particular new deal programme more than once, they will only be included once in the figures.
4. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate

Pension Credit

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pension credit guarantee element recipients in each region were previously in receipt of the minimum income guarantee. [13958]

Mr. Timms: The information is given in the following table.
Guarantee credit households by Government office region,March 2005

Government office regionGuarantee credit householdsProportion who were converted from minimum income guarantee (percentage)
North East119,61073.61
North West284,47072.98
Yorkshire and the Humber198,47572.08
East Midlands147,60569.66
West Midlands219,36572.45
East of England168,99568.00
South East211,94567.60
South West172,15568.31
Great Britain total2,115,74571.28

1. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest five.
2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. Guarantee credit households include those who were receiving guarantee credit only and those who were receiving both guarantee credit and savings credit.
4. Pension credit replaced minimum income guarantee (MIG) on 6 October 2003.
5. Data from the generalised matching service 100 per cent. scans taken on 18 March 2005. All figures have been rated up to give month-end estimates.
6. Those converted from MIG are those who were MIG recipients as at 3 October 2003 and are in receipt of pension credit on 18 March 2005.
Information Directorate 100 per cent. sample.

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