DWP writes to LAs about Supported Employment

DWP has written to all local authority Chief Executives to ask their help in mapping Supported Employment provision across the country. The letter marks the next phase in designing a follow up to the Supported Employment proof of concept which finished last month. 

The letter contains a questionnaire asking for details of local provision and asking whether authorities would be interested in participating in future trials. We recommend that all providers contact their local authority Chief Executive to flag up the importance of the letter.

DWP is organising telekit discussions on 10th, 12th and 18th September to explain the background to the proof of concept work, address any questions, and introduce the Test & Learn dynamic purchasing system (DPS).

We anticipate that a fuller trial will take place next year with a call for local authority expressions of interest being advertised through the Test & Learn DPS in spring 2020.