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Community Action Programme - Further Details

More information has been released by DWP on the Community Action Programme through the publication of the Equality Impact Assessment on Friday.

The trailblazers in Derbyshire; Lincolnshire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire; East Anglia; and Leicestershire & Northamptonshire, will identify around 16,000 eligible claimants (those who have completed FND).  DWP will randomly allocate them to either
  • the Community Action Programme
  • Ongoing Case Management activity or
  • the control group (normal JCP support).
The allocation cannot be changed and participation is mandatory.  The Ongoing Case Management offers increased adviser interventions, more frequent jobsearch reviews and interventions, and more proactive marketing of existing support eg Flexible Support Fund to improve the take up.
The evaluation criteria for the trailblazer will look at:
  • the effect that informing claimants ahead of referral about Community Action Programme or Ongoing Case Management has on the number leaving benefit.
  • the impact of CAP and OCM on employment outcomes compared to the control group 
  • process and delivery lessons
  • claimant feedback on their experience and impact of each aspect of the trailblazer.

The trailblazers are designed to inform national roll out from 2013.


14 November 2011

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