Welfare-to-work Contents


Terms of reference


1 Introduction

The evolution of “welfare-to-work”

The evolution of DWP’s contracts

Current centrally-contracted welfare-to-work provision

The context for our inquiry

The aims of this Report

2 A more systematic assessment

Reliability of the current approach to assessment

Potential for a more systematic, characteristic-based approach

3 Integration with related local services

Local pre-Work Programme approaches: Pathways to Employment programme

Integration within the Work Programme

The relationship between health budgets and employment

4 A specialist programme for disabled people

The case for consolidation

The strengths of the Work Choice programme and the case for maintaining a separate programme

Weaknesses in Work Choice design

5 Work Programme Plus: helping people furthest from the labour market

Simplified payment groups and an “accelerator” payment model

Retention of PBR with a level of service fee for those furthest from the labour market

Clearer, simpler (and generally earlier) referral points

Clearer and more measurable minimum service standards

6 Innovation and sharing “what works”

Learning from jointly-commissioned and devolved approaches

Learning from smaller providers

“De-risking” innovation: An employment programmes innovation fund

A labour market “What Works Centre”

Conclusions and recommendations


Published written evidence

Formal Minutes

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament