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Work and Pensions Committee carry out inquiry into the Work Programme - 19 October 2010.

The Work and Pensions Committee has decided to hold an inquiry into the contracting arrangements for the Work Programme, which will replace all previous welfare-to-work programmes from Summer 2010.

Organisations are invited to contribute their suggestions to the inquiry, which will cover a variety of issues, including:

  • 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 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

Interested organisations should submit any suggestions in Word or rich text format to, by 25 November 2010.

The body of the email must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address, and should also make clear who the submission is from. Hard copy submissions should be sent to: The Work and Pensions Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.

Contributors should feel no obligation to comment on all the issues raised in the inquiry, but should focus on those areas in which they have particular expertise or interest.

For further information on how to submit your suggestions and a full list of issues raised in this inquiry, visit the Committees section of the UK Parliament website, or visit the following link: