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In this section you will find key news about the welfare to work and adult training and skills sector, from local delivery and national policy level and all things around about and in between (also see archive at the bottom of this page). 

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13 January 2017

The results of DWP’s Umbrella Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (UAEHRS) competition have been officially released, possibly the worst kept secret over the Christmas period! … More…

WPC Review of Benefits Sanctions Report

30 March 2015

The government's Work & Pensions Committee has called for a full independent review in the new Parliament, to investigate whether benefit sanctions are being applied appropriately, fairly and prop… More…

WPC Investigating Benefit Sanctions

9 November 2014

The Work and Pensions Committee is conducting an inquiry into benefit sanctions policy.  This interestingly comes after a comment in the recent Public Accounts Committee report into the Work Pr… More…

Damning Work Programme Report by PAC

6 November 2014

The Public Accounts Committee has published its latest report into the Work Programme. In what is quite a damning overview, Margaret Hodge MP says: "The Department has not succeeded in incentivi… More…

Future of Jobcentre Plus

23 January 2014

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its latest report into the role of Jobcentre Plus in the reformed welfare system. Two key recommendations head up the report: Establish a more tho… More…

Work Programme Statistics (Sept 13)

23 December 2013

December sees the latest release of Work Programme statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions. The good news is that the proportion of participants that have received at least 12 months of … More…

Serco and G4S Review Results

20 December 2013

The government has published their Review of Major Contracts, instigated as a result of anomalies in audit of Serco and G4S contracts earlier in 2013. After the negative press that both companies hav… More…

Welsh Affairs Committee - Work Programme Report

5 November 2013

The Welsh Affairs Committee has published a report into the Work Programme as part of their inquiry into the impact of welfare reform in Wales. Following evidence from Citizens Advice Cymru, ERSA, Re… More…

Details of post Work Programme support announced

30 September 2013

There has been much talk, piloting, research and analysis over the last couple of years about what to do with people who spend two years on the Work Programme without entering sustained employment. T… More…

Work Programme Market Share Shift

26 September 2013

Market Share Shift has finally arrived in the Work Programme. DWP has reviewed the market shares of Work Programme providers, based on their performance in the 12 months ending 31 March 2013, with sh… More…


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