New Enterprise Allowance

What is the logic behind offering New Enterprise Allowance to people only after they have been on Job Seekers Allowance for 26 weeks? Why not offer it up front?

I lost my job in June and have not been able to find a new one. I’m over-qualified for the low wage jobs so never get a response from applications to those. The jobs I am qualified for are few and far between at the moment. I don’t want to sit around and collect JSA so I have registered as self-employed and have thrown what little money I have into the project. It would have been nice with a helping hand but I would have to wait 26 weeks. I somehow doubt that people who have been unable to find a job in that time are the most likely candidates to succed in a new startup but perhaps that’s just me being cynical??