February 2010

The Government has named the Trailblazer areas which will test the Right to Control initiative.

DWP has posted a revised position on exclusions within the financial incentives available through Work Choice.

Business Link’s website now gives employers access to all they need to know about vocational qualifications and influence the changes as they take place.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published terms of reference for its inquiry into disability-related harassment and how well this is currently being addressed by public authorities.

DWP have posted the following notice on their website:

DWP has published the notes of the first subgroup meeting on specialist training colleges. DWP intends to tender out the contracts for residential training provision with a PQQ due in March.


BASE has been in contact with DWP about the delayed announcement of Work Choice preferred bidders.

DWP has announced a change in the eligibility criteria for Future Jobs Fund jobs. Jobcentre Plus may identify customers currently undertaking New Deal Options and consider them for Future Jobs Fund vacancies.

All organisations contemplating or participating in local authority outsourcing should be aware of the obligations on contractors to provide to transferring employees a pension that is broadly comparable to local government pension provision.

On February 15th, the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion will take over responsibility for the content and management of the Indus Delta website and discussion forum.