The Work and Pensions Select Committee launches inquiry into DWP’s contracted welfare-to-work provision. The Department’s main contracts (Work Programme and Work Choice) will expire in 2017, and DWP will begin a re-tendering process next year.
The Committee is exploring options for the future, with a particular focus on promoting a broader range of specialist provision, including through innovative or community-level approaches, and how to support people who have the most difficulty finding employment, such as young people with weak educational attainment, older people, ex-incapacity benefits claimants and people with mental health problems.
In particular, the Committee is interested in exploring possible recommendations for reform which:
- reflect the contemporary labour market
- address any deficiencies in the Work Programme
- consider more personalised, innovative or community-level provision
- support the hardest to help unemployed people
The deadline for written submission is 28 August 2015.
Monday 20 July 2015, Wilson Room, Portcullis House
- Sam Hanes, The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)
- Dave Simmonds, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (Inclusion)
- Kirsty McHugh, Employment Related Services Association (ERSA)
- Tom Gash, Institute for Governement (IfG)
At 4.30pm (approx)
- Liz Armstrong, APM UK
- Christine Chang, Big Society Capital
- Dan Jones, Nesta
- Steve Hawkins, Pluss