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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the budget for (a) the Future Jobs Fund, (b) support to take an existing job in a key employment sector, (c) work-focused training places
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and (d) places on a community task force component of the Young Person's Guarantee is for (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12; [283577]

(2) what funding her Department has allocated for the delivery of (a) the Community Task Force and (b) additional training places provided under the Young Persons' Guarantee in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12; [286755]

(3) who in her Department is responsible for the delivery of the Community Task Force under the Young Person's Guarantee. [286756]

Jim Knight: The total funding for Young Person's Guarantee, which includes Future Jobs Fund, the Community Task Force, Sectoral Pathways and additional training, is £250 million for 2009-10 and £838 million for 2010-11. In addition, there is £20 million to support delivery through Jobcentre Plus. There is no funding allocated for 2011-12.

The Community Task Force will be delivered by contracted providers. The procurement process is being led by the Department.

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how long the Government's Young Person's Guarantee will be offered; and what steps the Government plans to take to fulfil the Guarantee after the closure of the Future Jobs Fund in March 2011. [283579]

Jim Knight: The Young Person's Guarantee and Future Jobs Fund will last from April 2009 to March 2011. Those who join the offer on the last date will continue until their placement ends.

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanism there is for provision of the community task force under the Young Person's Guarantee; who will provide task force places; for how long on average a participant will be on the task force; how much Government funding has been allocated for provision of the task force; what incentives providers will receive to secure job entries; and whether young people participating in the community task force will receive a training allowance in place of jobseeker's allowance. [283611]

Jim Knight: The Budget announced a Young Person's Guarantee; a guaranteed offer of a job, work experience placement or training for all jobseeker's allowance customers approaching 12 months of their claim.

The Community Task Force is the work experience element of the Young Person's Guarantee. It will offer work-focused placements of benefit to the community, designed to move customers closer to the labour market.

When the Young Person's Guarantee is introduced in January 2010, the Community Task Force will be offered on a voluntary basis to all customers not taking up another element of the guarantee. It is expected to become mandatory for all customers who do not take up another element from spring 2010. Placements will last up to six months while the scheme is voluntary, and three months when it becomes mandatory, with the option in the latter case for young people to stay on for a further three months on a voluntary basis.


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The Department for Work and Pensions will be contracting with external providers to provide these placements. The Community Task Force will use a standard funding model, comprising a service fee and outcome payment. The outcome payment will be paid to the provider when a customer finds sustained, paid employment.

Customers taking part in the Community Task Force will be paid a training allowance, rather than jobseeker's allowance. However, they will still be expected to be actively looking for work and to leave the programme if they find paid employment.

Funding for the Community Task Force is included in the Young Person's Guarantee funding and is not available as a separate figure. The budget for the Young Person's Guarantee is approximately £250 million for 2009-10 and £838 million for 2010-11.

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanism there is for provision of work-focused training places under the Young Person's Guarantee; who will provide such places; for how long on average a participant will receive training; how much government funding has been allocated for such places; what incentives providers will receive to secure job entries; and whether young people participating in such training will receive a training allowance rather than jobseeker's allowance. [283612]

Jim Knight: A range of public and private sector training providers will deliver the training element of the Young Person's Guarantee. Learners can access the training through their Jobcentre Plus personal adviser or by going direct to a provider.

The length of training depends on the type of course that the participant enrols in. Shorter, sector specific training through Sector Routeways is designed to take up to eight weeks, providing more focused training for people closer to the labour market. Longer training from three to six months is designed for people who need a more significant and sustained boost to their skills.

The budget for this training is £122,400,000 in total from 2009-11. The funding model for this offer, which will detail any provider incentives and training allowances, has not yet been finalised.

Employment Support Allowance

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of those who started claiming employment support allowance have moved into work since it came into force; and if she will make a statement. [286482]


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Jonathan Shaw: Information on the number and proportion of people who have left employment and support allowance to move into work is not available at present.

Employment and support allowance replaced incapacity benefit for new claims from 27 October 2008. The latest provisional headline figures available are for November 2008.

Financial Assistance Scheme

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people she estimates will receive pensions under her Department's Financial Assistance Scheme; and of these how many she expects to have rights to do so based (a) solely and (b) partly on pre-1997 service. [286416]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 13 July 2009]: We estimate that the Financial Assistance Scheme will provide assistance payments to 147,000 members.

Of these, it has been estimated that 66,000 members have pension rights based solely on pre-1997 service and 74,000 members have pension rights based partly on pre-1997 service. The remaining 7,000 have solely post 1997 service.

Foreign Workers

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the increase in (a) people in employment and (b) people of working age in employment between the third quarter for 1997 and (i) the third quarter for 2008 and (ii) the most recent quarter for which figures are available was accounted for by non-UK citizens. [286461]

Angela E. Smith: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, July 2009:

Table 1: People aged 16 and over in employment by nationality: Three month period ending September 1997 and 2008; three month period ending March 2009-United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Number in employment (thousand) Change since 1997 Q3 (thousand) Change since 1997 Q3 as proportion of total change (%)

UK nationals Non-UK nationals Total( 1) UK nationals Non-UK nationals Total( 1) UK nationals Non-UK nationals Total( 1)

1997

Q3

25,721

986

26,707

-

-

-

-

-

-

2008

Q3

27,203

2,323

29,533

1,482

1,337

2,825

52

47

100

2009

Q1

26,763

2,357

29,128

1,042

1,372

2,421

43

57

100

(1) Includes those whose nationality was not known.

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Table 2 : People of working age( 1) in employment by nationality: Three month period ending September 1997 and 2008; three month period ending March 2009-United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Number in employment (thousand) Change since 1997 Q3 (thousand) Change since 1997 Q3 as proportion of total change (%)

UK nationals Non-UK nationals Total( 2) UK nationals Non-UK nationals Total( 2) UK nationals Non-UK nationals Total( 2)

1997

Q3

24,928

964

25,893

-

--

-

-

-

-

2008

Q3

25,928

2,279

28,214

1,000

1,315

2,321

43

57

100

2009

Q1

25,454

2,313

27,775

526

1,348

1,882

28

52

100

(1) Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59.
(2) Includes those whose nationality was not known.
Source:
Labour Force Survey

It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels mobile home sites etc.)

Future Jobs Fund

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs are proposed to be created by bids for the Future Jobs Fund in total. [283571]

Jim Knight: The Future Jobs Fund will create 150,000 new jobs, of which we will specifically target 50,000 in areas of high unemployment.

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the procedure will be for (a) individuals and (b) businesses to apply for funding from the Future Jobs Fund. [286631]

Jim Knight: The Future Jobs Fund is a fund of around £1 billion to support the creation of jobs for long-term unemployed young people and others who face significant disadvantage in the labour market.

Bids for funding can come from anyone, but we have a strong preference for partnership bids. We expect the majority of bids to the Future Jobs Fund to be led by local authorities, sub-regional, city region and local partnerships, or by national or local public sector and third sector bodies. We published the invitation to bid on 13 May, and had received over 200 bids by 30 June, which we are currently assessing. Up-to-date guidance on how to bid is available from the Future Jobs Fund website at:

We expect that in most cases eligible candidates will be referred to employers by Jobcentre Plus. In some cases individuals may self-present to the employer, or may be identified by them directly. In these situations, Jobcentre Plus will need to confirm an individual's eligibility. Future Jobs Fund employers will be encouraged to sign a local employment partnership with Jobcentre Plus.

Health and Safety Executive: Reorganisation

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many copies of the consultation paper on proposed changes to the Nuclear Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive have been printed; what methods have been used to publicise the consultation; and what financial impact assessment of the proposed changes has been undertaken. [286862]

Jonathan Shaw: The joint Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)/Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) consultation on the restructuring of the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) Nuclear Directorate was launched on 30 June 2009 and will run until 22 September 2009. A total of 170 copies of the consultation document have been printed. Copies of the document are available from Publications Orderline, Admail 528, London SW1W 8YT. It is also available electronically via the DECC website at:

A written ministerial statement announcing the launch of the consultation was made by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 30 June. The consultation was publicised through a press notice and on the DWP, DECC and HSE websites. Copies of the consultation document were sent electronically to around 2,200 contacts.

A partial impact assessment, which includes an assessment of the financial impact of the proposed restructuring, was published as part of the consultation document.


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