§ Mr. Trotter
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the total income of an 18 or 19-year-old on the basic level of income support, who is a trainee on employment training and a person of the same age and domestic circumstances, who is a trainee on YTS.
§ Mr. Nicholls
[holding answer 27 July 1989]: People on Employment Training (ET) receive a training allowance 330W based on the benefits they would receive if they were unemployed plus a training premium of £10 a week. The basic income support for an 18 to 19-year-old is £27.40, which would give a training allowance of £37.40. Non-employed YTS trainees of similar age and circumstances on two year YTS receive minimum training allowances of £29.50 per week in the first year and £35 per week in the second year. Those eligible for one year YTS courses receive a minimum training allowance of £29.50 for the first 13 weeks and £35 per week thereafter. Employed YTS trainees receive a wage equivalent at least to the appropriate level of YTS training allowances. Both ET and non-employed YTS trainees also receive assistance with training-related travel and lodging costs where appropriate.