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.
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, Strategy, procurement, Finance and Commissioning
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.
Reducing dependency, increasing opportunity: options for the future of welfare to work
This review was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in December 2006. Its terms of reference were;
“To review progress on the Welfare to Work programme since 1997, taking account of evidence from the UK and international experience, and make policy recommendations on how the Government can build on its success in using policies such as the New Deal to continue to reduce inactivity and inwork poverty, and meet the Government’s 80% employment aspiration.”
This report presents process study findings from the evaluation of the Flexible New Deal (FND), introduced in 28 Jobcentre Plus districts in England, Scotland and Wales in October 2009 as part of the Labour government’s employment reforms.