DWP report on contracted employment programmes

DWP has published a report on its contracted employment programmes in response to requests from the Public Accounts Committee. It focuses mainly on the Work Programme. Much of the information contained in the report is already available but it draws together information on a variety of themes such as performance, fraud, provider assurance and the management of supply chains.


Ministerial reshuffle


The Government has announced a ministerial reshuffle. Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey, is promoted to Minister of State for Employment, replacing Mark Hoban.

Mike Penning (pictured), MP for Hemel Hempstead, is to be the new Minister for Disabled People. The role has been made more senior with Mike Penning being appointed as a Minister of State.


Under-performing providers lose market share

DWP has reviewed the market shares of Work Programme providers, based on performance delivered during the 12 months ending 31 March 2013, and adjusted shares accordingly from August 2013. This equates to 5 percentage points of all future referrals to the Work Programme in the relevant payment groups in affected Contract Package Areas being diverted to the higher performing provider from the lowest performing provider.

DWP consults on Work Programme Statistics

The Department for Work & Pensions has launched a consultation seeking recommendations to improve the format and content of Work Programme official statistics publications. The recommendations involve an improved method of presenting sustainment payment information and the inclusion of information on participants who complete the programme.
They are also seeking views on the overall presentation and content and the breakdowns available in the current official statistics. This is the first consultation on these proposals.

Consultation closes 22nd November 2013

DWP consults on new commissioning strategy

DWP is holding a consultation about its commissioning strategy for welfare-to-work outcomes and services. The consultation closed on 27 September 2013. You'll find BASE's response at the bottom of this page.

BASE has met with DWP's Commissioning Team and a workshop was presented by DWP at our national conference in Bristol.

Call for Evidence for WCA 4th Independent Review

Dr Paul Litchfield has been appointed to undertake the fourth Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment and to provide the report before the end of 2013.
This is the fourth of five independent reviews and Dr Litchfield is particularly interested in new evidence that will help improve the assessment.

The call for evidence will focus on:

· How effectively the WCA identifies people who are fit for work, who have limited capability for work, or who have limited capability for work-related activity;
· The impact of earlier Independent Reviews;

Elite Supported Employment Agency

Membership type: 
Elite SEA

ELITE Supported Employment Agency Ltd is a voluntary organisation, which enables individuals with disabilities to access and maintain paid employment via a tested system of support and training. The Agency operates throughout the areas of Rhondda Cynon Taff, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot, with a Head Office in Llantrisant.

Contact details
01443 226664
Services offered: 
Work experience, Work Choice, Welfare benefits advice, Training consultancy, Supported employment, Prevocational education, Permitted work, Job retention, In Work Support, Advice and guidance and Access to Work support service
Customer group: 
Local Government, Jobcentre Plus, EUSE, DWP, Third sector , BASE, Events & Features, Transition, Mental health, Fluctuating health conditions, Learning disabilities, Disability and Autism

PAC report criticises DWP management of medical tests

The Public Accounts Committee has published its report into the contract management of medical services. The Department for Work and Pensions (the Department) relies on medical assessments to help its decision makers reach an appropriate decision on a claimant’s entitlement to a range of benefits.

DWP calls for ideas on extending labour market interventions to in-work claimants

This call for ideas seeks views on how DWP can support people in work and in receipt of Universal Credit to help them increase their earnings, develop their skills and qualifications, and achieve financial independence. It also seeks views on how DWP could trial ideas that would support employers to promote training, development and progression opportunities for low paid employees who are claiming Universal Credit or tax credits, and have the potential to work more.

Responses should be submitted by 25 March to uc [dot] newapproaches [at] dwp [dot] gsi [dot] gov [dot] uk

First Work Programme data published

DWP has published the first data on the Work Programme. The data covers the 13 month period June 2011 to July 2012 and shows that 837,000 people entered the Work Programme. 31,000 people have been in work for over 3 or 6 months as a result, 30,000 of these being former JSA claimants and 1,000 previously being ESA claimants. This equates to 3.5% of individuals referred to the programme, substantially less than DWP's minimum performance level of 5.5%.

Amazingly, only 1130 people across all the ESA payment groups found work during the year.

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