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Mr Philip Abbott

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

When will the Restart Scheme likely come to and end? Is there a set date?
How long is the claimant obliged to attend the Restart Scheme?

Yours faithfully,

Philip Abbott

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J Roberts left an annotation ()

'The Restart Scheme ends on 28 June 2024 for new referrals only. Once a  participant starts on the scheme, they have 12 months to work with the 
provider to move towards sustainable employment. Therefore, the scheme will remain in place until those who have been referred up to the end of 
June 2024 have completed it.',

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Dear Philip Abbott,

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Summary: Restart Scheme to September 2022

Published 15 December 2022

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This article critical of the scheme appeared in the Guardian last year (5/1/22):

'The government’s flagship scheme to tackle long-term unemployment has failed to find a job for 93% of the people enrolled. The £2.9bn Restart programme, launched by Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak last year, is supposed to provide up to 12 months of support for people who are long-term unemployed to help them return to work. '