COMMONS

Committee to take evidence for the Work Programme inquiry

06 January 2011

The evidence session will take place at 9.30 am on Wednesday 12 January 2011 in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

A call for written evidence for the inquiry was issued on Friday 15 October 2010 from interested organisations.

The witnesses that are to give evidence include:

• Stephen Evans, Director of Employment and Skills, London Development Agency
• Maria Hudson, Policy Studies Institute
• Professor Dan Finn, Professor of Social inclusion, University of Portsmouth (and Associate Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion)
• Dave Simmonds, Chief Executive, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion

The key issues that will be discussed by the panel of experts include:

  • The steps the Department for Work and Pensions needs to take to ensure that a procurement programme of this size and complexity is managed effectively and delivers high quality outcomes
  • The extent to which the Work Programme will differ from existing contracted employment programmes
  • The relationship between prime contractors and sub-contractors and DWP’s role in overseeing this relationship
  • The role of Jobcentre Plus in delivering the Work Programme, including the lessons learned from the Delegated Flexibility Pilots
  • The implications for providers of the increase in volume and the change in profile of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants arising from the migration from Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance
  • The implications for providers of “payments by results” arrangements, with particular reference to the voluntary and social enterprise sector
  • The likely effectiveness of a differential payment scheme in encouraging providers to support harder to help groups
  • The implications of regional variations in the labour market, and whether these will be reflected in the differential payment arrangements
  • How providers will be encouraged to work effectively with local authorities and other local agencies

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