This government has made important innovations in labour market policy. Far from ignoring lone parents, the disabled and older people, as the previous administration did, we are providing specific help for people on benefits other than unemployment benefits.
It is wrong to characterise the New Deal for Lone Parents simply as a job placing service and wrong to say that it does not offer any training. It helps lone parents to find work and develop their work-related skills and knowledge through Employment Service programmes, by meeting course fees for other training - including office-skills training - and by helping with the cost of childcare.
It is far too early to be pronouncing on the success or failure of the New Deals. They have made an encouraging start.
Minister for Employment
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