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NCVO Report into VCS and the Work Programme

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has published their latest report into how voluntary organisations are faring in relation to their involvement in the Work Programme.

They highlight ongoing concerns from members and reiterate the position of NCVO's earlier reports into the voluntary sector experience. 70% of organisations surveyed feared their contract was not viable for the full term.

It is interesting that, similar to calls by the Select Committee, NCVO are calling for an anonymous complaints procedure saying that organisations are unable to use the Merlin arbitration until internal complaints processes have been exhausted. Some providers also fear the impact that publicly complaining about a prime contractor will have on their future business.

NCVO are also calling for 'gagging clauses' to be reviewed or at least clarified so that they are not being used to prevent transparency and debate that holds the government and public services to account.

Unfortunately W2W Solutions fears that other recommendations will fall on deaf ears.  Payment by results, when those results are sustained employment, is not a funding model that is likely to work for organisations who are supporting the hardest to help individuals move towards employment.  Unfortunately, that's the model that many signed up to but which is not likely to see any movement from DWP or government.

Click here for the NCVO press release and report.

8 October 2012

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