Evaluation of New Deal 50 plus - Qualitative Evidence from Clients: Third phase

Aston J, Willison R, Kodz J | Research Report ESR99 | Employment Service | Nov 2001

The New Deal 50 plus was part of the government's Welfare to Work initiative. It was directed towards people aged 50 and over, who had been out of work and on benefits for six months or more, and wished to return to employment.

Participation was voluntary and the main elements of the programme were one-to-one support with job search from a New Deal Personal Adviser (NDPA), a tax-free wage top-up (Employment Credit) for those who found paid work, for up to one year, and a Training Grant.

This research was based on 30 in-depth interviews with participants of the programme. It follows two earlier phases of qualitative research and its aim was to evaluate the longer term outcomes of the programme. All respondents had also participated in at least one of these two previous phases of the research.

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