Commissioning , Work and Pensions Committee and DWP
The Work and Pensions Select Committee report into the DWP Commissioning Strategy. The report largely focuses on flexible New Deal. While the committee generally welcomed the "black box" approach and longer contracts, it expressed concern about the potential impact on local specialist providers.
Also attached is the Government response to the report.
This report by Dan Finn reviews international experience of the use of differential payments in job outcome performance-based contracting for employment programmes. The report reviews detailed evidence from countries that have made most extensive use of performance-based contracting, with case studies of Australia, the Netherlands, the USA and Great Britain.
This report considers the New York experience through the findings of a study team comprising officials from the DWP and researchers from Pricewaterhouse Coopers. It summarises New York's experience of the prime provider model and sets out lessons for the UK.
Working our way to better mental health is a Great Britain-wide strategy addressing wellbeing at work for all and better employment results for people with mental health conditions both in and out of work.
Evaluation of Access to Work: Individual Budget pilot strand
Evaluation of Access to Work: Ministerial Government Departments
The evaluation has three elements:
an overall evaluation of AtW, the core evaluation;
an exploration of the effects of the decision that ministerial government departments (MGD) should pay for their own in-work support, previously paid for by AtW;
a consideration of employment support (including AtW provision) within Individual Budget pilot (IBP) areas.
Annual Employer Survey 2008–09: Employers’ satisfaction with DWP performance against Departmental Strategic Objective 7
A survey commissioned by DWP of companies that use Jobcentre Plus services found that employers recognise that considering disabled applicants for roles widens the pool of potential recruits, but for many there is a limited supply of suitable roles.
DWP, Benefits and Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
Research and Report
This report represents the first stage of the evaluation of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). It presents the findings from an early implementation study and is based on fieldwork carried out in May and July 2009 in four Jobcentre Plus districts across Great Britain.
DWP command paper, Building Bridges to Work: new approaches to tackling long-term worklessness. The paper proposes options for ensuring that long-term unemployed people do not get left behind in the economic recovery.
The report sought to understand the extent of providers’ interest in contracting with public service departments, how they currently access these opportunities and to explore what might be done to help providers access these opportunities more effectively.
DWP published response to the report which is also included below.
DWP, Mental health, Learning disabilities and Benefits
Research and Report
Full title - Literature review: Understanding the needs of people with mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities and the implications for the Pension, Disability and Carers Service.
This DWP literature review was commissioned to understand the needs, preferences and experiences of people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities when accessing benefits, specifically disability living allowance and attendance allowance.