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|Programme||Number of people on the programme(16)|
|New deal for young people||4|
|New deal 25 plus||20|
|New deal for lone parents||(17)17|
|New deal 50 plus (employment credit claims)||(18)10|
(16) End September 2001
(17) Figure for end of August 2001
(18) Figure for end of October 2001
The figures are not cumulative
New Deal Evaluation Database
Mr. Nicholas Brown: Twenty-seven Government Departments and agencies have signed national new deal employer agreements. A number of other Departments and agencies have signed employer agreements with their local jobcentres.
Mr. Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on the new deal for young people in the Loughborough constituency have joined (a) subsidised employment, (b) the Environmental
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Task Force, (c) the voluntary sector and (d) full-time education or training in each year since its first year of operation. 
|Year||Subsidised employment||Environment task force||Voluntary sector||Full-time education and training|
(19) To end September
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Malcolm Wicks: The debt accounting and management system (DAMS) procurement contract was discharged in July 1999. The costs of DAMS are commercial in confidence, but the Benefits Agency paid only for what was of value. No costs were incurred after 1999.
The first relates to the Welfare Modernisation Fund; the level of funding was agreed in the last Spending Review. Use of the funding is subject to joint Treasury and Departmental agreement, before it may be allocated to specific projects.
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The second relates to the Departmental Unallocated Provision, which was established in accordance with treasury guidelines; to be a source of funding held by the Department, initially unallocated for specific use, but to be used as the first port of call to meet unexpected funding pressures, rather than a call being made upon the Reserve.
Malcolm Wicks: Child poverty and social exclusion are complex multi-dimensional concepts, affecting many aspects of children's livesincluding their living standards, health, housing, the quality of the environment, and opportunities to learn. The third "Opportunity for all" report (Cm 5260) sets out the Government's strategy for tackling child poverty and social exclusion and presents the latest information on the indicators used to monitor progress against this strategy.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) council and (b) registered social landlord tenants in each region of England are in receipt of housing benefit; and how many of these are pensioner households in each case. 
|Housing benefit||Pensioner households|
|Council tenants||Housing association tenants||Council tenants||Housing association tenants|
|Yorks and Humberside||55||52||54||31|
1. Council housing covers housing rented by local authorities and New Town development corporations. Housing association covers housing associations, charitable trusts and local housing companies.
2. Pensioners are defined as households where the benefit recipient and/or the partner are aged 60 and over.
3. These estimates are based on sample counts that have been adjusted for non-response using multi-purpose grossing factors for region, Council Tax Band and a number of demographic variables.
Family Resources Survey 19992000
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his statement of 28 November 2001, Official Report, column 972-75, what plans he has for training to be provided for the long-term unemployed under his proposals. 
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jobs to help people gain the skills, the support and the experience of work they need, rather than follow a set training programme. This will act as a stepping stone to jobs in the local labour market.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what strategy there is to ensure that all pensioners who are eligible for the minimum income guarantee know they can apply for the extra income. 
From 15 October 2001, callers to the Retirement Pension Telecentre who are not already receiving MIG are asked a series of questions to identify if they may be entitled and encouraged to claim if they wish to do so. Those pensioners who claim Retirement Pension by post are sent a MIG leaflet.
We are looking at a number of options to extend this service so that a claim to MIG will be invited automatically following certain key life events, for example when the pensioner reaches age 75 or 80, or when another benefit, such as Attendance Allowance, is awarded.
We are also working in partnership with organisations for older people to improve access to benefits and take up of the MIG. This includes projects on a national good practice guide and a survey of local take up initiatives.
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