The Public Accounts Committee has published its report Preventing fraud in contracted employment programmes. The report was conducted following allegations of potential fraud and poor service from employment programme clients and whistleblowers.
The report's conclusions are:
* The Department has not exercised sufficient oversight of its contractors to identify potential fraud and improper practice.
* The Department's recent investigation into A4e did not establish whether the company was a 'fit and proper' contractor.
A study by Manchester Business School's Institute for Innovation Research has concluded that the Work Programme appears to be inadequate as a framework for service innovation. It concludes that "a better strategic alignment between government’s welfare reform strategy and locality commissioning could stimulate innovative services for all claimants in spite of austerity".
This is a case study of the UK government’s Work Programme procurement process between 2011 and 2012 and is part of a larger Manchester Institute for Innovation Research Project on Public Procurement and Innovation.
The head of the mental health charity, Mind, has left the Harrington Scrutiny Panel which advises DWP on implementing changes to the Work Capability Assessment, describing them as "deeply flawed". Chief executive, Paul Farmer, says he quit because ministers refused to listen to his criticism of the current fitness-to-work test.
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.
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.