DWP

DWP has revised the application and claims process for the use of Access to Work within Supported Internships and Traineeships. The changes are mainly due to DWP's security requirements and they now need a customer signature on the application and claims forms. Access to Work are also introducing a declaration letter that the customer must sign and return before claims are approved.

DWP has published details of their new method for contracting employment support. The Commercial Agreement for the provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS) will run for a maximum of 5 years with a value of £7.5bn. The new framework will replace the existing Umbrella Agreement which is due to expire in January 2021. CAEHRS is designed to support the provision of employment and health-related programmes and will be the default medium for contracting with the marketplace for national employment focussed programmes unless more effective routes to market are identified.

The DWP Local Supported Employment trailblazer will be listed on the Test & Learn dynamic purchasing system (DPS) on 16 March. The opportunity will be open for expressions of interest until 7 April. The new programme is scheduled to go live in early August. The trailblazer follows on from the Proof of Concept that ran during 2018-19.

The Centre for Social Justice has published a new report, Commissioning Excellence in Disability , that examines DWP's nationally contracted disability employment provision. 

The report is critical of performance over recent years and highlights some of the problem areas including commissioning processes, funding models and supply chain management. It suggests ways of making better use of the expertise within the voluntary sector and makes a series of recommendations.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
DWP, Disability employment gap, Commissioning
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

This report, from the Centre for Social Justice, assesses DWP's nationally contracted disability employment provision. The report is critical of performance over recent years and highlights some of the problem areas including commissioning processes, funding models and supply chain management. It suggests ways of making better use of the expertise within the voluntary sector and makes a series of recommendations.

DWP is inviting providers to take part in a supplier survey about the Welfare to Employment Market. We urge members to complete the survey as we frequently hear complaints about how DWP procures services.

DWP has confirmed that Justin Tomlinson MP has returned to the role of Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work. He was appointed on 4 April following the resignation of Sarah Newton on 12 March.

A report published by Demos suggests that Ministers should consider abolishing the Department for Work and Pensions after its failure to help ill and disabled people out of poverty. The Pathways from Poverty report suggests that most of the department's work could be carried out more effectively by other Whitehall ministries.

Publisher: 
Parliament
Topics: 
Welfare reform, Disability, DWP
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

The 2010 Government embarked on a major programme of welfare reforms, some of which will not be implemented fully for a number of years. Major elements include the introduction of Universal Credit, which is replacing means-tested benefits and tax credits for working age families, and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which is replacing Disability Living Allowance for people of working age.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Welfare reform, DWP
Year of Publication: 
2007
Type: 
Report

Reducing dependency, increasing opportunity: options for the future of welfare to work

This review was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in December 2006. Its terms of reference were;

“To review progress on the Welfare to Work programme since 1997, taking account of evidence from the UK and international experience, and make policy recommendations on how the Government can build on its success in using policies such as the New Deal to continue to reduce inactivity and inwork poverty, and meet the Government’s 80% employment aspiration.”

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