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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on employment schemes. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    DateDescription
    11.11.2016Apprenticeships policy in England
    This note provides a summary of current apprenticeships policy and developments in England since 2015.
    20.10.2016The Troubled Families programme (England)
    The Troubled Families programme works with families with multiple problems, such as unemployment, anti-social behaviour, truancy and mental health problems. It is operated at a local authority level on a payment-by-results model.
    12.10.2016Jobcentre Plus Flexible Support Fund
    From April 2011 a number of schemes operated by Jobcentre Plus - including the Deprived Areas Fund, the Adviser Discretion Fund and the Travel to Interview Scheme - were abolished and replaced by the 'Flexible Support Fund' (FSF). The FSF gives Jobcentre Plus Districts greater freedom to tailor back to work support to individual and local need.
    01.07.2016Key statistics on people with disabilities in employment
    This note summarises the key statistics available on disabled people in employment in the UK.
    07.06.2016'Access to Work' scheme for people with disabilities
    This briefing paper explains the Access to Work scheme which provides practical advice and support to disabled people and their employers to help them overcome work-related obstacles resulting from disability.
    14.04.2016Help to Work: post-Work Programme provision for the long-term unemployed
    Since April 2014, unemployed people leaving the Work Programme are required to participate in a new scheme, Help to Work.
    14.04.2016Work Programme: background and statistics
    The Work Programme is the Government's main welfare-to-work scheme, designed to tackle long-term unemployment in Great Britain.
    14.04.2016New Enterprise Allowance
    The New Enterprise Allowance is a government scheme designed to help unemployed people who want to start their own business.
    07.03.2016Constituency Casework: Training
    This note provides Members of Parliament and their staff with information related to frequently asked questions from constituents about training.
    10.02.2016The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
    The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.

    Lords Library Notes

    DateDescription
    18.11.2015Scotland Bill (HL Bill 73 of 2015-16)
    This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Scotland Bill.
    12.10.2015Availability and Quality of Apprenticeships, and the Spread of Apprenticeships across the Labour Market
    This Library Note provides statistical information on apprenticeships, based on the most recent figures published by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). It then focusses on four key areas of recent government policy development in relation to apprenticeships: the announcement of a government target of three million new apprenticeships by the end of March 2020; the development of new apprenticeship standards

    POSTnotes

    DateDescription
    11.07.2012Assessing Capacity for Work
    This briefing discusses the role of the Work Capability Assessment and its suitability as a gateway to benefit.
    03.10.2011An Ageing Workforce
    This POSTnote examines the main challenges to the participation and productivity of older people in the workforce.

    Select Committee Reports

    DateDescription
    03.03.2010Management and Administration of Contracted Employment Programmes.
    Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]
    13.05.2009DWP's commissioning strategy and the flexible New Deal.
    Government response. Department for Work and Pensions; Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]
    25.02.2009DWP's commissioning strategy and the flexible New Deal.
    Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]

    Early Day Motions

    DateDescription
    07.02.2012NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK 2012
    That this House welcomes National Apprenticeship Week 2012, run by the National Apprenticeship Service, from 6 to 10 February 2012, which aims to raise the profile of apprenticeships ...
    06.02.2012APPRENTICES AND PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
    That this House believes that public procurement should be used to boost the number of British apprentices; notes that the Department forWork and Pensions' (DWP) new Apprenticeship ...
    31.10.2011CLOSURE OF JOBCENTRE PLUS OFFICES
    That this House is concerned at the ongoing programme of job cuts and office closures in the Jobcentre Plus network; notes that since May 2010 40 jobcentres and benefit processing offices ...
    19.07.2011SKILLS FUNDING AGENCY AND APPRENTICESHIPS
    That this House regrets the proposed closure of some ofthe Skills Funding Agency's regional offices; opposes these closures and cutbacks which will lead to the loss of 430 jobs this ...
    13.05.2011JOBCENTRE PLUS CLOSURES
    That this House notes with concern the Jobcentre Plus announcement of the closure of five contact centres at Caerphilly, Clydebank, Grimsby, Liverpool and Preston and 17 benefit processing ...

    Glossary

    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses