First official stats published for Work Programme

DWP has released the first official statistics of referrals and attachments to the Work Programme.

emqc Ltd wins Merlin tender

Carley Consult is reporting that DWP has awarded the new concession agreement for the delivery of the Merlin Standard Assessment, Accreditation and Web Portal Service to emqc Ltd.

Harrington's second review of work capability assessment published

DWP has published Professor Harrington's second review of the work capability assessment process. Chris Grayling has pledged to accept Professor Harrington’s recommendations and to further consult on how best to support people with cancer.

Work Choice - first evaluation of transition/commissioning

DWP has published the first evaluation of Work Choice, its specialist employment programme for disabled jobseekers.

BASE publishes Sayce response

BASE has submitted its response to the DWP consultation on the recommendations of Liz Sayce's report "Getting in, Staying in and Getting on". The review looked at proposals affecting Access to Work, Remploy provision and residential training colleges but also produced proposals to move towards using personal budgets. The closing date for responses is 17 October.


DWP research into employers' recruitment behaviour and decisions

The Department for Work and Pensions has published research which explores the recruitment practices of employers in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular how these relate to disabled people.

Research into unsuccessful ESA claims

DWP has published qualitative research into unsuccessful calims for Employment and Support Allowance.

DWP guide to the Work Programme

DWP has published a strategic guide to the Work Programme.

Managing Department for Work and Pensions contracts - Ofsted thematic report

providers, Ofsted, DWP and supply chain contracting
Report and Best practice

Please note that this review took place before inspection of DWP contracts ended in August 2010.

This small-scale review outlines the practice of some successful Department for Work and Pensions prime contractors in managing their subcontractors. Inspectors visited 10 prime contractors where leadership and management had been judged good at the last inspection and performance was improving. The review identifies the key characteristics of successful practice and includes guidance questions that providers might use as a prompt for evaluation and to improve the quality of their work.

DWP Commissioning Strategy

DWP, Strategy, procurement, Finance and Commissioning
Policy document

David Freud, in his report; Reducing dependency, increasing opportunity, described how DWP could harness the innovation and expertise of the private and voluntary sectors. The Commissioning Strategy picks up that challenge and provides a comprehensive and compelling vision of radical change in the way DWP will work with providers.

To see a copy of David Freud's report, go to; http://base-uk.org/knowledge/reducing-dependency-increasing-opportunity-...

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