Evidence session on the Work Programme announced

24 January 2013

The Work and Pensions Select Committee will hear evidence from organisations representing particular Work Programme participant groups on Wednesday 30 January. This will be the second oral evidence session of the inquiry. 

The Committee published a report on the design and commissioning of the Work Programme in 2011. The current inquiry is following up some of the issues raised in that report, with a focus on the delivery of services and the experience of participants, particularly those who may be considered harder to help into sustained employment.

Details of the session are as follows:

Time/date: Wednesday 30 January at 9.30 am
Location:  Grimond Room, Portcullis House


  • Crisis - Duncan Shrubsole, Director of Policy and External Affairs
  • Drugscope - Paul Anders, Senior Policy Officer
  • Mind - Sophie Corlett, Head of External Relations
  • Scope - Rob Trotter, Senior Research Officer & Public Policy Advisor (Employment and Skills)
  • Single Parent Action Network - Laura Dewar, Senior Policy & Parliamentary Officer

Further evidence sessions are planned as follows. All meetings will be in a House of Commons Committee room and open to the public. All dates, times and witness details subject to confirmation:

Time/date: Wednesday 13 February at 9.30 am
Witnesses: Work Programme subcontractors and other specialist providers

Time/date: Wednesday 6 March at 9.30 am
Witnesses: The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA, the industry body) and prime providers

Time/date: Wednesday 13 March at 9.30 am
Witnesses: Employers and employers’ organisations

Time/date: Wednesday 20 March at 4.30 pm
Witness: Mr Mark Hoban MP, Minister for Employment, and officials, DWP

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