2013 Report details for project: Work Programme

Project name: Work Programme - there are 2 reports for this project: 2013, 2014
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Organisation: DWP (D10) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2013 (data is from Sept 2012)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Government’s Coalition Agreement gave a commitment to "create a single welfare to work programme to help all unemployed people get back into work". The Work Programme, which has been in place nationally since June 2011, does this by providing an integrated package of back-to-work support for a range of claimants - from Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) recipients who have been out of work for some time, to claimants who may have received Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Incapacity Benefits. The Programme design offers: 1) Support for all long-term unemployed people, those who spend a continuous period of 12 months on JSA. 2) Early access to the Programme for all young people on JSA to recognise the risks of long-run problems for this group. 3) Early access for JSA recipients with particular disadvantage in the labour market. 4) Access for those ESA recipients most likely to benefit from early work preparation interventions so that more people become fit for work more quickly, and can move into work rapidly as they become able to do so. The Innovative features of the Work programme include: 1) Payment largely by results for the first time 2) Long-term focus – once a claimant is referred to a Work Programme prime provider, they remain with that provider for 2 years 3) Differential pricing – payments up to £14,000 for getting those with the biggest barriers to employment into sustained work 4) Process not prescribed – providers are given the freedom to innovate and use what works best.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Work Programme is getting people off benefits and into work. 56 per cent of first starters – those claimants who were referred in June 2011 – have spent time off benefits, and according to industry data there have been over 200,000 job starts. Although job outcomes have been building up slower than expected, performance is moving in the right direction; over 40 per cent of all job outcomes came in the final two months for which we have statistics. We are starting to see differences emerge in provider performance. We are managing all providers robustly in order to drive performance and we are taking decisive action with those who are not delivering the standards we expect. We have sent formal contract letters to the weakest 7 contract holders to make clear that they must do better or we will take action against them, and have continued intense management of contracts throughout 2013. If performance doesn't improve sufficiently, we have powers to shift market share and to terminate contracts and will not hesitate to use them where a provider’s performance continues to fall short. The next round of referral, attachment and outcome statistics will be published on June 27 2013.
Start date: 2010-11-25
End date: 2011-10-18
Schedule text: The Work Programme was launched on time on 10 June 2011. Previous schemes had taken four years to introduce, whereas the Work Programme was launched in just over 12 months. The NAO stated: "Launching an innovative scheme to a very challenging timetable was a significant administrative achievement."
Baseline: £735.70m
Forecast: £777.00m
Variance: 5.61%
Variance text: Work Programme budgets vary automatically in relation to the number of claimants referred to the programme, and the levels of performance achieved. The 2012/13 budget was based on the expectation of lower volumes than were initially predicted in the business case, and of a slower build-up of performance than was initially predicted in the business case.
Whole Life Cost: £5,626.70m
WLCost text: Work Programme budgets vary automatically in relation to the number of claimants referred to the programme, and the levels of performance achieved.
Sourcefile: DWP_2013.csv

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