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Invest to Save

No it's not the latest product from HSBC, it's the latest tendering opportunity with DWP.  Invest to Save Pathfinders is just "a working title" but it already has it's own acronym - ItS!

ItS will be introduced in March 2011 in 5 pathfinder regions for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) clients who are in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) following their Work Capability Assessment (WAC).1 

The four year contracts are offered in JCP districts of:

  • Greater Manchester Central, Greater Manchester East and West
  • Glasgow 
  • Birmingham & Solihull, Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire 
  • Norfolk 
  • Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth 

The provision is totally flexible and providers are able to basically design their own programme.  They are few restrictions on what they can do and while there is a list of suggested activities it isn't mandatory.

The funding is purely on job outcomes and is only limited by the number of job outcomes the provider can gain.  But sustainability is going to be a major factor with sustainability of 18 months forming part of the funding.

TUPE won't apply in most areas as this is seen as a new provision, so it could be quite an interesting contract to deliver and the opportunity to bring totally new blood into the welfare to work arena.

The procurement method to be used is Competitive Dialogue which is a bit of a new approach for DWP contracts.  You can find more information about this on the OGC website.  

DWP are running events in London and Birmingham on 24th and 25th February respectively.  You can download the specification, PQQ and full details of the process from the DWP website.


Note 1: the equation for identifying if a client is eligible is =(IF(ESA+WAC=WRAG,ItS,"")

Note 2: you'll all be pleased to know that PRaP will be used if it is compatible.  After all "The PRaP system delivers a quicker, more secure and accurate service for customers and suppliers."  Mmmm ....

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