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Asked by Esther McVey
(Tatton)
Asked on: 09 January 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Barnardos: Work Experience
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken in support of its work experience collaboration with Barnardos.
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Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 17 January 2019

The Department has been working closely with Barnardo’s to develop and scope a pilot of voluntary work experience opportunities for care leavers in some of Barnardo’s high street shops. The objective of this pilot is to give young people independence within their communities and to support them to gain confidence and skills that will help them gain employment and create a better future for themselves.

The pilot is expected to run for 6 months, with individual placements lasting between 6-8 weeks. Barnardo’s have offered that those engaged in work experience will be able to enrol on a Level 2 training course with the Barnardo’s Volunteer Academy at any stage of their placement. They will also have the option to stay on as a volunteer once the placement has ended.

Participants will have a DWP Care Leaver Single Point of Contact, which is a work coach that leads on care leaver issues. Additional support will also be available in the form of a team of staff, including the claimant’s individual work coach and the care leaver’s Personal Adviser, based in the Local Authority care leaver team. The DWP’s National Employer and Partnership Team lead has arranged to meet the staff who will be involved in the pilot in each Jobcentre.

Care leavers will be given a work book to complete during their placement which will encompass feedback and a record of achievements. After the pilot, care leavers will review their progress with their work coach and update their CV. They will also work to agree the next step for them as individuals, for example further training, an apprenticeship or moving into work.

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Asked by Esther McVey
(Tatton)
Asked on: 19 December 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to her Department for financial year 2018-19 for planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and how much of that funding has been spent.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 11 January 2019

No additional funding was allocated to DWP by HM Treasury for EU Exit preparations for the 2018/19 financial year. For 2019/20, DWP has been allocated £15 million for EU Exit preparations.

A full breakdown of the £1.5 billion of additional funding HM Treasury announced at Autumn Budget 2017 for 2018/19 can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on 13 March 2018 (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/).

For 2019/20, DWP’s allocation can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement HCWS1205, laid on 18 December 2018, which outlines funding for departments for 2019/20. (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-12-18/HCWS1205/).

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