The Merlin Standard: Guide for DWP providers

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The Merlin Standard is a standard of behaviour which DWP prime providers are expected to adhere to in their relationship with their subcontractors. It is designed to encourage excellence in supply chain management by DWP prime providers. This ensures the fair treatment of sub-contractors and development of healthy high performing supply chains.

The development of the Merlin Standard responded directly to concerns raised by DWP providers, especially those not operating as prime contractors, around potential unfair treatment within supply chains.

The range of Merlin Standard products are the result of a collaboration between the ‘Welfare to Work’ provider industry and the DWP. Find out how to become Merlin Standard accredited and how subcontractors can apply to work with prime contractors. Merlin Standard accreditation is being rolled out across DWP provision since 2011.