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Work Programme: Details? Got a Spare Couple of Hundred Quid?

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Find out out the Work Programme’s details – here.

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05 Apr 2011 WS4047 £250.00 London Euston
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The DWP states that:

Members of the general public should send any enquiries or suggestions to the DWP Ministerial team who will be happy to deal with any correspondence. You can contact them on: ministers@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

People Management comments,

The government’s new Work Programme has “a high-risk financial model and unrealistic targets” which could leave training providers at risk of failure, the sector body for learning has warned.The Association of Learning Providers (ALP) said that many providers are reluctant to bid for government contracts to deliver employability skills and job support because of the way the contracts have been drawn up.

More concerns are expressed by Carley Consultants,  (here)

The Work & Pensions Committee has been listening to industry concerns about the Work Programme. In convening too late to influence the design of the Invitation to Tender itself, the Committee has turned its attention to transition issues. The Committee’s Chair, Dame Anne Begg, wrote to Employment Minister Chris Grayling, ahead of his appearance before the Committee next month. Her letter expresses concerns over the gap between the end date of existing programmes and the launch of the Work Programme which “may result in a widespread fall in capacity across services and will disrupt the service that many clients receive”.


Written by Andrew Coates

February 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

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  1. I find it funny.

    You have a tender… they make a bid, of which we can only assume they agree with the terms, they then get to the next rounds, without dropping out, then when their names are on the contracts they then start crying saying they cannot deliver it…

    … then why bid?

    Work Programme

    February 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

    • I think Worky, that they want to use the fact that they’ve got accepted to put pressure on the government to have even more favourable terms for their nice little earners.

      Andrew Coates

      February 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

      • yes exactly… My point is I don’t think this bullying practice is legit.

        So in effect they are bidding for this contract, agreeing to terms whilst demanding more money indicating refusal to actively deliver the course if they don’t get more money.

        Known from here on as blackmail!

        Work Programme

        February 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

  2. It’s a pity they’re not having an open event in Edinburgh, I know quite a few people who would definitely be up for gatecrashing the parasites party!

    A4e Protest

    February 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm

  3. ‘The medical was an absolute joke’

    In the windy courtyard of a new glass-fronted office development, several dozen protesters, many in wheelchairs, spent an afternoon last month shouting angry chants against the government’s reform of disability benefits. “We can’t work! We can’t play! What do they want us to do? Die?”

    The protest was held in front of the London headquarters of the low-profile but powerful French-owned company Atos, responsible for a new and controversial computerised test used to judge whether benefit claimants are genuinely sick or merely skiving.

    More here:

    Crystal Balls

    February 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    • Love the idea of a computerised test.

      For people with mental health issues…

      Blimey, machines are mind-readers now!

      Andrew Coates

      February 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      • Yeah, crap like this:

        Answer True or False:

        I am actively seeking work.

        I would take absolutely any job at any absolutely any pay

        I have never “pulled a sickie”

        At school I never faked illness to “get out of a class” I did not like

        There have been days when I would rather have stayed in bed rather than go to work

        I would not work for minimum wage

        Mind Reader

        February 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      • Answer True or False:

        I have never masturbated

        I have never told a lie

        I am actively seeking work

        I always lie

        Mind Warp

        February 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm

  4. Anyone had a letter from their council about Local Housing Allowance?

    I’ve had one saying that LHA rates are going to be reduced from April 2011 (although there’s a 9 month protection period for existing claimants).

    As an example, for those in a 1 bedroom property, the weekly rate will be reduced by £11.54 to £75.

    I must have missed the government’s announcement of this…

    Crystal Balls

    February 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

  5. From April 2011 we will:

    * remove the five bedroom Local Housing Allowance rate so that the maximum level is for a four bedroom property.

    * introduce absolute caps so that Local Housing Allowance rates cannot exceed:

    – £250 for a one bedroom property,
    – £290 for a two bedroom property,
    – £340 for a three bedroom property,
    – £400 for a four bedroom property.

    In addition, the £15 weekly excess that some customers can receive under the Local Housing Allowance arrangements will be removed.

    Ipswich is hardly the most expensive place in the world but try looking for a shared property for £250 per month let alone a one bedroom property!!

    Work Programme

    February 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

  6. I can’t believe the government have plainly lied about this so blatently but the media haven’t said anything! People wont have time to adjust because the government lied about the dates!

    They said they were delaying the caps until April 2012 and also said that the 30th percentile rule will take effect from October 2011!

    I’ve realised that most Tories are nasty scumbags for a while now but didnt think they could lie so blatently and get away with it.

    Recently tories have been scared about av saying they’d never get a majorety government again – well if thats the case then it just shows that the tories dont represent the majorety but a minorety of mostly wealthy people.

    The tories dont seem to care about welfare, disabled people or EVEN DEMOCRACY!!!!! In a head to head between winner and runner up(second most votes) of election you would get the same result as AV but not necesserily FPTP so AV is clearly more democratic which is exactly why the Tories don’t like it.

    Tories aren’t for the people they are against the people!!!!


    February 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

  7. dear work programme the caps are weekly not monthly. Initially at least the 30th percentile thing will be far more devestating. When the cpi starts being used things could get very bad over time. now i dont know when that will be even!?!


    February 25, 2011 at 12:07 am

  8. I hope Mr Coates and all the other froze their bollocks off for nothing on saturday on the cornhill. Their actions outside the hsbc and other banks was intimidating. Pity they could not get nicked for Wilful obstruction of the queens highway.

    Fredrick Muckleberry

    February 27, 2011 at 10:29 am

    • What?

      Were you frightened of being beaten to death by rude leaflets?

      Andrew Coates

      February 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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