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fND Phase 2 Highlights

Having had a quick look through the flexible New Deal Phase 2 PQQ, we have pulled together a few highlights that may be of interest:

In Phase 2 DWP want to enter into co-commissioning agreements with local partnerships (City Regions, Multi-Area Agreement and City Strategy Partnership areas) to add value to Flexible New Deal Phase 2 contracts and enhance the service to the local community. Further detail is given in the PQQ.

5 contract packages will be delivered by a single supplier:

  • Highlands, Islands, Clyde Coast and Grampian
  • Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside
  • Cumbria and Lancashire
  • Cheshire and Warrington
  • North and North East London (Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge only).

9 contract packages will be delivered by two suppliers:

  • Glasgow
  • Northumbria and Gateshead/South Tyne and Wear Valley
  • Halton and Merseyside
  • West Yorkshire
  • Essex/Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
  • Dorset and Somerset/Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon/West of England
  • Olympic Host Boroughs and City of London
  • West London (Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow only)
  • South London (Bromley, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton only).

Two areas will pilot the Personalised Employment Programme (PEP) from March 2011, delivering a single employment programme for multiple client groups. Pilot areas are excluded from fND Phase 2. The two pilot areas are:

  • Barnet, Enfield and Haringey
  • Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Thames Valley (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire)

The Young Persons’ Guarantee introduced as part of the April 2009 Budget may delay entry of some young people to Flexible New Deal for up to six months, although details are still being worked on!

Work-for your benefit pilots will start in 2010 for customers who complete Flexible New Deal without finding sustained work. It is envisaged that the pilots will be in Flexible New Deal Phase 1 areas.

Aside from that there is little change from Phase 1. Click here to access the fND Phase 2 area of the DWP website.


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