Select Committee on Education and Employment Fifth Report


FIFTH REPORT

The Education and Employment Committee has agreed to the following Report:—

NEW DEAL: AN EVALUATION

Introduction

1. In October 1997 the Government published details of the first initiative under its Welfare to Work programme. New Deal for 18-24 Year Olds represented a fundamental shift in the way in which Government would deliver labour market policies to young unemployed people. New Deal for Young People (NDYP) is a long-term strategy to reduce youth unemployment and raise the quality of the workforce. It is a central feature of the Government's welfare to work strategy. The NDYP was launched in 12 pathfinder areas in January 1998 and nationally in April 1998.

2. New Deal has been developed since its launch in 1997 and continuous monitoring of its impact and effectiveness has been a key part of the Employment Sub-committee's work during the current Parliament. We reported on The New Deal in 1997, and New Deal Pathfinders in 1998.[1] Our Report on Pathways into Work for Lone Parents examined the proposals for New Deal for Lone Parents.[2] Our Report on Opportunities for Disabled People examined the role of New Deal for Disabled People and, more recently, our Report on New Deal for Young People: Two Years On examined the operation of NDYP over its first 24 months.[3] We were particularly keen to review progress now, as data covering first full two years of NDYP operation become available and as the Government develops its thinking for the next stages of New Deal. We expect that unemployment in general and New Deal in particular will be important issues for both politicians and the public in the forthcoming general election. Our intention is that this Report should contribute by helping to set the agenda for debate and to ensure that these and other key issues in labour market policies are considered in context in an informed manner.

Conduct of the inquiry

  3. Since the Employment Sub-committee announced its inquiry in July 2000, it has taken oral evidence on four occasions from five sets of witnesses representing a range of organisations and individuals involved with the delivery and evaluation of New Deal including Tessa Jowell MP, the Minister for Employment, Welfare to Work and Equal Opportunities. It also received 44 memoranda. We are grateful to all those who contributed to the work of the Sub-committee. We also wish to record our gratitude to our specialist advisers for this inquiry, Dr Dan Finn, Reader in Social Policy at the University of Portsmouth, and Mr Dave Simmonds, Director of the Centre for Social Inclusion.


1  Second Report from the Education and Employment Committee, Session 1997-98, The New Deal, HC 263 (Hereafter "The New Deal"); Eighth Report from the Education and Employment Committee, Session 1997-98, The New Deal Pathfinders, HC 1059 (Hereafter "The New Deal Pathfinders"). Back

2  Seventh Report from the Education and Employment Committee, Session 1997-98, Pathways into Work for Lone Parents, HC 646. Back

3  Ninth Report from the Education and Employment Committee, Session 1998-99, Opportunities for Disabled People, HC 111; Eighth Report from the Education and Employment Committee, 1999-2000, The New Deal for Young People: Two Years On HC 501 (Hereafter "New Deal for Young People: Two Years On"). Back


 
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