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Work and Pensions Committee
Report and Government Response published.
The Work and Pensions Committee has said that when the current Work Programme and Work Choice contracts are replaced in 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) must more effectively focus its contracted employment programmes (welfare-to-work) on unemployed people with challenging problems such as drug and alcohol addiction, illiteracy and innumeracy, homelessness and very weak employment history.
Evidence given by Robyn Fairman, Strategic Lead, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark Pathways to Employment programme, Mat Ainsworth, Greater Manchester Lead for Employment Initiatives, New Economy, Dr David Halpern, What Works National Adviser, Cabinet Office, Kris Krasnowski, Director, Central London Forward, and Theresa Grant,Chief Executive Lead for Employment and Skills, Greater Manchester Combined Authority; Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Minister for Employment, Matt Thurstan, Director, Senior Management and Business Management Team, Contracted Employment Provision Directorate, and Iain Walsh, Director, Labour Market and International Affairs, Department for Work and Pensions.
Evidence given by Sam Hanes, Principal Advisor and Head, Labour Market and Economic Growth, The Behavioual Insights Team, Dave Simmonds, Chief Executive, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association, and Tom Gash, Director of Research, Institute for Government; Liz Armstrong, Director of Health and Wellbeing & Integrated Services, APM UK, Christine Chang, Investment Director, Big Society Capital, Dan Jones, Director of Innovation Lab, Nesta, and Steve Hawkins, Chief Executive, Pluss (at 4.30pm).
Work and Pensions Committee publishes Government response to welfare-to-work report