2017 Report details for project: Work and Health Programme

Project name: Work and Health Programme - there are 2 reports for this project: 2017, 2018
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Organisation: DWP (D10) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2017 (data is from Sept 2016)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Work and Health Programme (WHP) project will design, procure and implement a new contracted employment provision that from November 2017 will aim to transform the lives of people with disabilities, jobseekers who reach two years unemployment and people with particular barriers to finding employment. The Department currently provides contracted employment support to jobseekers in, or at risk of, long term unemployment, and people with disabilities through the Work Programme and Work Choice. Referrals to the Work Programme will end at the end of March 2017 and referrals to Work Choice will end during 2017/18. There is more to do to meet the Government’s employment objectives, particularly to address the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people, and meet the ambition in the joint DWP and Department of Health ‘Improving Lives; the Work, Health and Disability’ Green Paper. The Work and Health Programme will provide distinct, additional and more intensive support than Jobcentre Plus can offer, delivering sustained employment outcomes. The programme will support: • People with a disability, referred to the programme by their Work Coach at the most appropriate time on a targeted, voluntary basis subject to them meeting specific criteria. It is envisaged that most referrals will be between three and twelve months into their benefit claim, where such a claim exists. The essential criteria are that the individual has volunteered to participate in the programme, they have signed up to the objective of finding work in the next 12 months and will benefit from the increased and more intensive personalised and integrated support that the WHP will provide; • Claimants who are in the intensive work search regime or claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, will be mandated to WHP upon reaching 24 months of their claim if they meet the specified referral criteria. This group may include some claimants with a heath condition or disability who have not volunteered up until that point; and • An Early Access group, including ex-offenders, carers on JSA, ex-carers, ex-HM Armed Forces and partners, care leavers, 18-24 Benefit Cap customers, drug/alcohol dependents. The Work and Health Programme will be introduced between November 2017 and February 2018 as part of a managed geographical roll out.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: In response to 5 IPA recommendations, WHP project: • Has restructured its senior organisation to better align the Communications and Business Change activity going forward. • Has refreshed the overarching suite of engagement and communications products for use both within and beyond DWP. • Has developed and agreed contingency plans should delays in reaching agreement with Tier 1 authorities occur • Is working with DWP Change Resource Pool and Expert Domains to ensure that the right resources are in place to support programme delivery. • Continues work to ensure that detailed “point to point” risk management receives appropriate focus. • Has held a series of individual planning sessions with Senior Strand Leads to further develop plans and drive out additional detail. This will be brought together into an Integrated Plan to be agreed by Programme Board.
Start date: 2015-12-01
End date: 2018-03-31
Schedule text: All key milestones are scheduled into the Programme Plan. The Next Stage Plan has been developed and is being validated through Programme Steering Group. The Programme has successfully passed through Preliminary Design Review Gate and confirmed the commercial timeline for the next stage, commencing with the Invitation to Tender being published w/c 23rd January 2017 in line with plans.
Baseline: £14.00m
Forecast: £3.88m
Variance: -72.00%
Variance text: The initial programme forecast included £10m for IT which has subsequently been reduced to £3m and will now be incurred in 2017-18. The IT funding was released as soon as it became apparent it was not required in 2016/17
Whole Life Cost: £401.00m
WLCost text: The initial £401m is based on SR15 settlement only and will be reviewed when the Outline Business Case is developed.
Sourcefile: IPA_2017.csv

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