Work scheme a success for 1 million people

The New Deal has helped more than 1 million people improve
their employment prospects, the Government has announced.

Employment minister Tessa Jowell said the scheme had helped
lone parents, partners of unemployed people and disabled people find work.

She said, "The New Deal is changing people’s
expectations from being supported by benefit to supporting themselves through

More than 269,200 young people have found jobs through the
New Deal, of whom 206,530 found sustained jobs, with an additional 171,000
receiving education and training.

The scheme provides personal advisers for lone parents,
Jobfinder grants for partners of disabled people and works with employers to
find disabled people jobs.

By Richard Staines

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