Whilst checking out my blog stats I noticed a number of searches looking for more information about the coalition government’s New Enterprise Allowance Scheme. So I did a little skimming of the Department for Work and Pensions [DWP] website and below answers the main questions I’ve heard over the last few weeks.
The Trailblazer area is Merseyside which will be running a pilot between now and April 2011 when the DWP expect to roll out the programme to other ‘target areas’ [see below]. Following that a National rollout in the Autumn.
The value – up to £2000 [not a standard amount] in the format below:
JSA claimants will get ‘access to a business mentor who will provide guidance and support to develop the business idea’.
When the ‘customer’ [JSA claimant] ‘can demonstrate they have a viable business proposition with growth potential they will be able to claim financial support’ which takes the form of:
- A weekly allowance ‘broadly equivalent to JSA’ for 3 months.
- A reduced weekly allowance [about half] for a further 3 months.
- A possible start-up ‘loan’ of £1000.
Target Areas taken from http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/welfare-reform/get-britain-working/
- Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
- Eastern Scotland (Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, Perth and Kinross, Scottish Borders, Stirling and West Lothian local authorities)
- Highlands and Islands (Argyll and Bute, Eilean Siar, Highland, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands local authorities)
- Northumberland and Tyne and Wear
- South Yorkshire
- South West Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire local authorities)
- Tees Valley and Durham
- West Midlands (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton)
I’ll report further on the trailblazer area as information gets published.