August 2009

Thousands of people with mental health problems are to get extra support in managing their condition so they can remain in work. The Access to Work pilots, run in conjunction with Mind, has proven to be 90 per cent successful in helping people with fluctuating mental health conditions retain their jobs. The Government is now looking to extend the support, with an expectation of rolling out nationally with a range of providers. More...

The rumour mill has gone into overdrive amid reports that several shortlisted bidders are withdrawing their names from contract packages across the UK. Get in touch if you know what's happening in your area. Certainly, the recent events for prime providers contained many more questions than answers. We won't be posting names of organisations or areas on this site.

DWP is organising two events for providers of employment support services to find out more about the Work Choice programme that is due to be introduced in October 2010. The events are to be held on 8th September at Newcastle Football Club and 9th September at London Park Plaza Riverbank. The events aim to facilitate networking between smaller specialist potential sub-contractors and potential Work Choice prime providers.

No, this is not a joke. DWP are writing to selected providers to ask them to participate in a study in to how the provision of welfare to work services changes with the implementation of the Commissioning Strategy in October 2009; and assessing the impact of the Strategy on employment service providers. Those selected will be contacted by Price Waterhouse Coopers between now and 3 September. More detail is contained in the DWP letter. More...