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Tory Democrats Welfare to Work

Okay, the moment we've been waiting for.  What exactly are they going to do with welfare to work?  Doesn't look like the Liberal Democrats had much say in this policy, and the havoc that will now be wrought on welfare to work providers is as follows:

  • ending all existing welfare to work programmes to create a single welfare to work programme to help all unemployed people get back into work - no timescale given, but is this really an aim for zero unemployment?
  • immediate access to the work programme for JSA claimants with significant barriers.
  • JSA claimants aged under 25 referred to the work programme after a maximum of six months.
  • contracts with welfare to work providers to be be realigned (whatever that means) to reflect more closely the results they achieve in getting people back into work.  Are we looking at no outcome payments until a job is sustained for 12 months?  No timescale on this either.
  • reform the funding mechanism for welfare to work programmes to reflect the long term savings in lower benefit expenditure.

So still not a great amount of detail and no idea on what will happen with the Community Task Force and FND Phase 2 contracts that are currently being assessed.  Will Iain Duncan Smith (our new Work & Pensions Secretary) sign anything?  As we hear anything we'll let you know.

And don't think about jetting away to avoid the inevitable - the third runway at Heathrow is cancelled and no additional runways will be approved at Gatwick or Stansted.  Hot air balloons may be an option (there's plenty of that around at the moment)!


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