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Affordable Housing

Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list by category, the number of key sector workers living in affordable housing in rural areas in each of the last 10 years. [54815]

Ms Keeble: I have been asked to reply.

Information is not available in this form.

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WORK AND PENSIONS

New Deal

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living in the London Borough of Wandsworth have taken up the New Deal options. [53876]

Mr. Nicholas Brown: The information is in the tables.

New Deal for Young People

OptionNumber of people in London Borough of Wandsworth taking up an option (up to January 2002)
Employment99
Full Time Education and Training459
Voluntary Sector157
Environment Task Force85
Total800

New Deal 25 Plus (Pre-April 2001 Programme)*
Option
Number of people in London Borough of Wandsworth taking up an option (up to January 2002)
Employment53
Full Time Education and Training85
Work Based Learning for Adults268
Total406

New Deal 25 Plus (Post-April 2001 Programme)*

OptionNumber of people in London Borough of Wandsworth taking up an option (up to January 2002)
Employment1
Basic Employability Training/Basic Skills11
Self Employment8
Education and Training Opportunity0
Work Experience/Placements1
Intensive Activity Period Training43
Other0
Total64

Source:

New Deal Evaluation Database

* In April 2001 New Deal 25 Plus was enhanced to provide more flexible, individually-tailored help for long term unemployed people.


Access to Work Scheme

Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how Access to Work has been promoted (a) in the UK and (b) in Edinburgh East and Borders. [53043]

Mr. Nicholas Brown [holding answer 7 May 2002]: Access to Work was promoted through the Employment Service. Since the start of April responsibility for promoting Access to Work passed to Jobcentre Plus. Jobcentre Plus promotes awareness of the whole range of its services, including support available to disabled people and their employers, through media such as leaflets, audio tapes, videos and the Jobcentre Plus website.

In Scotland, the Access to Work Business Centre Manager and Access to Work Advisers take part in events with General Practitioners and at job fairs and give presentations to employers and interested organisations.

Employment assistance schemes in Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) budget, (b) actual and (c) estimated outturn has been of the Access to Work scheme (i) in the UK and (ii) in the Edinburgh East and Borders district, in each year since creation. [53041]

Mr. Nicholas Brown [holding answer 7 May 2002]: The information available is in the table.

Budget Actual Spend
YearEngland, Scotland and Wales Edinburgh East and Borders(3) England, Scotland and Wales Edinburgh East and Borders
2000–01£25.7mNot available£32.4m£1.2m
1999–00£24.3mNot available£24.4m£620,847
1998–99£19.0mNot available£19.5m£379,975
1997–98£19.0mNot available£14.6m£320,123
1996–97£19.0mNot available£12.5mNot available(4)
1995–96£13.4mNot available£19.9mNot available(4)
1994–95£14.6mNot available£15.7mNot available(4)

Source:

DWP Access to Work Management Information

(3) Before 2001, Access to Work was delivered through a network of Disability Service Teams in Scotland. Because of several boundary changes over the course of the last few years, these figures have not been collected separately. The information could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.

(4) Figures on actual spend for Edinburgh East and Borders can only be provided as far back as the 1997–98 financial year.

(5) Employment assistance schemes in Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Assembly.


Action Team for Jobs

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed people have received support through the Action Teams for Jobs initiative; and how many found work as a consequence of the initiative. [47927]

Mr. Nicholas Brown: Action Teams for Jobs are set up to tackle the problems of endemic joblessness in the most employment deprived areas in the country. Up to the end of February 2002, Action Teams for Jobs had engaged with 62,506 eligible jobless people and helped 23,745 of them into work. The Teams have also helped a number of people living outside their areas that are not recorded in the statistics.

Employment Zone Scheme

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are involved in (a) stage 1 and (b) stage 2 of the Employment Zone scheme in each of the 15 Employment Zone areas. [47930]

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Mr. Nicholas Brown: The information is in the table.

Number of current participants (at 31 January 2002)
Employment ZoneStep 1Step 2
Birmingham2,2252,423
Brent424380
Brighton238349
Doncaster587531
Glasgow776768
Haringey9351,154
Liverpool1,4222,628
Middlesbrough219319
Newham528825
North West Wales460335
Nottingham194226
Plymouth166232
Southwark682933
Tower Hamlets347313
Heads of the Valleys170356
TOTAL9,37311,772

Source:

Employment Zone Management Information.

Employment Zones vary in size and coverage.


Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been (a) budgeted and (b) spent on the Employment Zone scheme in each year since its introduction; and how much of the allocation in each year went into personal job accounts. [47929]

Mr. Nicholas Brown: The Department does not receive information from contractors on the specific amounts spent on personal job accounts. This is because funding for the personal job account is drawn from the overall payments made to the contractors. Expenditure on personal job accounts by contractors varies according to the needs of each participant.

In the financial year April 2000–March 2001, the Employment Zone budget was £56,374,000 and the spend was £71,950,885.

For the financial year April 2001–March 2002 the budget was £87,026,000. Forecast expenditure will be published in the Departmental Report in May.

Reasons for the differences between the spend on Employment Zones and budget include better than anticipated performance by Zone contractors and more participants entering the programme earlier than forecast.

The budget for 2001–02 includes funding for those who joined Employment Zones during the year and have not yet completed Steps 1 and 2.

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been helped into sustained employment via the Employment Zone scheme (a) in each year since its introduction and (b) broken down according to each employment zone. [47928]

Mr. Nicholas Brown: Between April 2000, when they were launched, and January 2002, Employment Zones have helped 20,850 people into work. Of these, 14,743 have been helped into sustained employment.

The information on each Employment Zone is in the table.

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Employment ZoneNumber of people helped into sustained employment (cumulative total up to 31 January 2002)
Birmingham2,708
Brent690
Brighton859
Doncaster480
Glasgow1,730
Haringey1,847
Liverpool1,693
Middlesbrough615
Newham867
North West Wales246
Nottingham333
Plymouth466
Southwark1,136
Tower Hamlets602
Heads of the Valley471

Source:

Employment Zone Management Information

Employment Zones vary in size and coverage



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