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MPs: welfare-to-work fraud checks 'inadequate'

Fri, 28/09/2012 - 10:22 -- nick

A committee of MPs investigating the government's welfare-to-work fraud detection has described checks as 'inadequate'.

The public accounts committee, which investigates government spending, has been looking in to accusations of fraud in A4e, although the company stated that a recent audit had found no evidence of fraud.

Labour MP Margaret Hodge, the committee's chairman, said that "risks remain, especially to value for taxpayers' money", with the Work Programme.

Official Work Programme statistics published

Fri, 10/08/2012 - 11:29 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the latest tranche of official statistics on referrals and attachments to the Work Programme. This follows the previous release published in May.

The total number of referrals to the Work Programme from 1st June 2011 to end of April 2012 was 738,000 and the total number of attachments was 693,000. On average, 95% of referrals were attached to the Work Programme within 3 months of referral. 

LVSC calls for Work Programme rethink

Fri, 10/08/2012 - 11:24 -- nick

The recent closure of two specialist employment support organisations in London suggests the government's approach to commissioning back-to-work services needs a serious rethink, says London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC).

In the last fortnight, Sutton-based social enterprise Eco Actif Services CIC and Southwark-based charity Red Kite Learning (RKL) have announced their closure due to lack of funds.

Work Programme prime providers pass Merlin Standard

Thu, 26/07/2012 - 13:37 -- nick
The first assessment of all DWP Work Programme prime contractors against the Merlin Standard has now been completed. The Standard assesses the supply chain behaviours of providers against four core principles; Supply Chain Design, Commitment, Conduct and Review. Against each of these principles providers are assessed as being Excellent, Good, Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. All of the Work Programme prime contractors were rated as either Good or Satisfactory, meaning that they all meet the requirements of the Merlin Standard and have successfully gained accreditation.

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