Work and Pensions Committee

Welfare to work inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Report and Government Response published.

Report published

Government response

Committee report

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.

Terms of reference

Latest evidence

  • 14 Sep 2015 - Oral evidence - Welfare to work - 14 September 2015 - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF322 KB) HC 363 | Published 25 Sep 2015

    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.

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  • 20 Jul 2015 - Welfare to work - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF308 KB) HC 363 | Published 27 Jul 2015

    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).

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