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Is the Work Programme working?

10 October 2012

Following on from previous research and work over the last year with their Special Interest Group, NCVO are building a detailed picture of what it’s like to be a Work Programme subcontractor. 

They have found that, in many areas, not much progress has been made since they asked similar questions in late 2011 about how well the programme was functioning.  

The main issues from the latest  research are that:

  • There are real concerns about the sustainability of contracts with around 70% of organisations fearing that their contract will not be viable for its full term
  • Money in the Work Programme is tight, and this, amongst other factors, is leading to almost half of those surveyed having to subsidise delivery out of their own reserves
  • The number of referrals to subcontractors remain significantly lower than expected
  • The majority of respondents replied that prime contractors are not sharing performance data with their subcontractors.

Some members are saying that concerns about the programme are overstated. NCVO agree that the picture isn’t all bad – there’s lots of good practice out there that they’re very keen to hear about and share. Their concern is that without specialist providers included, and of course many of those will be in the sector, that the programme won’t succeed and that some of the most vulnerable jobseekers will lose out.

Link
The Work Programme - Perceptions and Experiences of the Voluntary Sector
Navca demands improvements in Work Programme after MPs voice fraud fears (Third Sector)

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Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk