Someone has moved off benefits and into work every three minutes thanks to the New Deal job-seeking programme, which is ten years old this week. More than 1.8 million people have found a job through the New Deal since its launch in 1998 - that's one person every three minutes, every single day.The calculation is pretty much spot on, but it's totally meaningless because it doesn't tell you how many people remained in the short term work that the New Deal gave them for a start. take for example the Millenium Dome which has New Deal employees, that project was short term, so whilst those people got jobs, they didn't keep them.
In fact, the figure is actually work placed, not individuals placed in work. Some of them could and probably are duplicates bexcause of the way the YTS works. Did I say YTS? I meant New Deal obviously, unfortunately ever since I did my dissertation ont he renamed project I can't help but think of it in that way. I did appreciate some of the "Notes to Editors" though. Especially the one that said
Long term youth and adult claimant unemployment have fallen by almost three-quarters since 1997 - the New Deal and other labour market interventions have made a significant contribution to this success.Note how they talk about "long term"? It;s the Gordon buzzword of the day plus of course they don't want to draw attention to their own figures published in Parliament that shows that the number of young people not in work, education or training is actually higher than it was in 1997.
Of course, whoever is in Government spins these sort of figures to make themselves look good. Then they tell us that people are unfairly cynical of politics and that we have to fund their political parties with our taxes.