2014 Report details for project: Specialist Disability Employment Programme

Project name: Specialist Disability Employment 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: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: This Programme implements the recommendations from the independent Sayce Review: 1. to invest more funding and improve the delivery and services available through Access to Work; 2. to move Remploy out of government control, seeking other entities to take over the running of businesses and services, and supporting ex Remploy employees made redundant as part of this process.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Programme is taking forward all recommendations from the last MPA review. The Programme is on course to achieve delivery within timescales and budget. There are still a number of complex issues that need to be resolved in a short timescale, regarding the closure of Remploy factories, and the programme to help severely disabled people to find and maintain “mainstream” employment.
Start date: 2012-02-16
End date: 2014-07-31
Schedule text: The Programme is continuing to work closely with commercial and legal colleagues to manage the complexities of the sales and asset disposal processes. Remploy’s commercial process was on course to meet programme timescales and by end September 2013 the commercial process was reaching conclusion, with only the automotive business and its three sites to be completed. A number of the Access to Work Sayce recommendations have now been implemented, and work continues with DWP Operations to agree delivery of others.
Baseline: £32.14m
Forecast: £7.13m
Variance: -77.82%
Variance text: The favourable variance between budget and forecast is due to the following: • the budget was based on a planning assumption that Remploy Employment Services (ES) would exit government control during 2013/14. Subsequent market testing indicated a value for money exit could not be achieved, due to the length of time remaining on the Work Choice contract provision. It was therefore decided to de-scope the exit of Remploy ES from the Programme and consider the future of Remploy ES instead as part of the Disability and Health Employment Strategy; • the original planning assumption was that the exit of the Remploy Automotive business would be financially neutral. By the time of the forecast, the commercial process was well advanced so an estimate of business sale proceeds was included, based on the offers being considered at that point; and • the forecast also reflected successful action to mitigate potential customer & supplier contract liabilities.
Whole Life Cost: £213.34m
WLCost text: Whole life costs include the one-off investment costs associated with the exit of Remploy factories from government control and a planning assumption that the savings recycled in to Access to Work in the final year of the current Spending Review period will continue at that level in future years. The Programme continues to deliver a strong Net Present Value.
Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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