2014 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: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
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 innovative features of the Work Programme include: 1) Payment largely by results, for the first time 2) A 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) A process that is not prescribed – providers are given the freedom to innovate and use what works best.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The performance of the programme has significantly improved since the first year. Official statistics published in December 2013 showed that 208,000 jobseekers have escaped long-term unemployment and found lasting work (normally at least 6 months) through the Work Programme. Since the launch, the Department has taken, and continues to take, clear and robust action to drive up the performance of the programme and ensure the expected benefits are realised. This has included: placing 12 contracts under Performance Improvement Notices in June 2013; shifting market share to better performing providers in August 2013; and most recently, in March 2014, issuing notice of termination to one contract. It is not possible at this time to judge the overall impact of the programme, however a formal impact assessment is planned to be conducted in early 2015.
Start date: 2010-11-25
End date: 2011-10-18
Schedule text: The Work Programme was launched on time on 10th June 2011.
Baseline: £800.30m
Forecast: £1,002.00m
Variance: 25.20%
Variance text: 2013/14 Budget = £634.2m 2013/14 Forecast = £639.3m The Work Programme is a Payment by Results programme and therefore costs, and forecasts are subject to change based on the number of people referred onto the Programme, and on the performance of the Programme. Both referrals and performance have been lower than original business case expectations, but performance has significantly improved since the first year.
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. Forecast costs for the whole life of the programme are currently £2,727m.
Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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