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Committee to examine the role of Jobcentre Plus in the reformed welfare system

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Work and Pensions Committee

Select Committee Press Notice

 

NEW INQUIRY

 

Committee to examine the role of Jobcentre Plus in the reformed welfare system

The Work and Pensions Committee is to begin an inquiry into Jobcentre Plus (JCP).

The inquiry will focus on the services JCP offers to benefit claimants, jobseekers and employers and its relationships with external providers and stakeholders such as local authorities, in the context of recent and ongoing welfare reforms,  including the introduction of  Universal Credit, and the resulting changes to JCP staff roles.

The Committee will consider the future of JCP as a public employment service, including its role as “gatekeeper” to contracted-out services such as the Work Programme and Work Choice. It will also assess the support which JCP currently provides to jobseekers in the early months of their unemployment benefit claim, before referral to external providers.

The inquiry will also assess whether the organisational changes in JCP since 2011 have produced efficiencies and streamlined management processes as intended.

 

Submissions of no more than 3,000 words are invited from interested organisations and individuals.

The Committee is particularly interested in the issues set out below. Submissions do not need to address all of these points.

 

  • JCP’s employment services, including: approaches to identifying jobseekers’ needs and barriers to employment; the effectiveness of the “Get Britain Working” measures; JCP’s role as a gateway to contracted-out services such as Work Choice and the Work Programme, including processes for referral and handover; JCP’s use of the Flexible Support Fund, including how spending decisions are made and evaluated; and the effectiveness of JCP’s relationships with other key stakeholders, particularly local authorities.
  • JCP’s role in relation to the rights and responsibilities of benefit claimants, including: the effectiveness of benefit conditionality, particularly job-seeking conditionality and the mandatory “work-focused interview”; and the level and appropriateness of JCP’s use of benefit sanctions, including differences of approach between JCP Districts.
  • Supporting a flexible labour market, including: JCP’s effectiveness  in matching jobseekers to suitable job vacancies, including through the introduction of Universal Jobmatch; whether JCP is sufficiently focused on sustained job outcomes as well as off-benefit flows and how this is, or should be, measured; and employers’ assessment of the effectiveness of JCP as a recruitment partner.
  • The impacts of benefit reforms, including: the implications for JCP staff roles of the implementation of Universal Credit, including the skills staff will need in order to offer effective in-work support; changes to staff roles brought about by the move to “digital by default”; and plans to support claimants affected by the benefit cap.
  • The governance of JCP, including: whether ending the executive agency status of JCP, and bringing it under the central control of a single DWP Chief Operating Officer, has brought about efficiencies and streamlined management as intended; and the potential for more radical future changes to JCP.

The deadline for submitting evidence is Friday 24 May.

Why not give this a go?

How to submit your evidence

·         Contributors should feel no obligation to comment on all the issues raised above, but should focus on those areas in which they have particular expertise or interest.

·         Submissions should be in Word or rich text format, not PDF format, and sent by email toworkpencom@parliament.uk  The body of the email must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The email should also make clear who the submission is from. Hard copy submissions should be sent to: The Work and Pensions Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.

·         Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained piece of written evidence. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include a summary. For further guidance on the submission of evidence see:

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/witnessguide.pdf

·         Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Material already published elsewhere may be referred to within a proposed piece of written evidence, in which case a link to the published work should be included.

·         Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee. It is the Committee’s decision whether or not to accept a submission as formal written evidence.

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 22, 2013 at 11:21 am

10 Responses

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  1. It might be useful if some of us submit comments. I have certainly plenty to say – to start with the new insistence on Universal Job Match. It’s got me down as suitable to work in an MP’s office (Tory, I assume) in Thetford. Anybody who knows East Anglia will realise that it is about as easy to get from Ipswich to Thetford as it is to get to somewhere in South London.

    Andrew Coates

    April 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

    • AND THAT’S ON A DAY WHEN THE TRAINS ARE RUNNING PROPERLY

      BEACHING

      April 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      • OR WE COULD HAVE A COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE THE ROLL OF THE COMMITTEE

        BEACHING

        April 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm

  2. heyp when they introduce hs2 with the new 90 minute travelling rule everyone will bex expected to commute to London

    growls

    April 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    • THERE WAS AN ARTICLE IN THE EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO.

      SOMETHING ABOUT FREE TICKETS FOR TRAVEL TO INTERVIEW/JOBSEARCH THEN A SEASON TICKET WHEN YOU GET THE JOB. I ONLY SAW IT BRIEFLY. ANYBODY WANT TO FIND OUT MORE, IT’S IN CONJUNCTION WITH IPSWICH JOBCENTRE

      THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

      April 25, 2013 at 11:53 am

  3. I’m going to give it a go! But I suspect it’s aimed at an internal audience, and as a consequence will lead to nothing (perhaps i’m being too cynical.) Nevertheless, i’ll try and write a 3’000 word essay on whats wrong with the current reforms. And I also suggest everyone to do the same.

    A. Ellis

    April 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm

  4. You all know the one about a camel being a horse designed by a committee!

    Never mind, cheer yourselves up with this report of another snout in the trough:

    http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/city-jobs-agency-faces-probe-over-150000-eu-cash-122307n.20904236

    And this one:

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/opinion/charity-chiefs-half-a-million-pounds-1538344

    Tobanem

    April 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  5. “In an earlier study, researchers found that the suicide rate for men in Greece grew by 24 percent between 2007 and 2009, and that suicides caused by economic hardship in Spain grew by 52 percent between 2005 and 2010.”

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/05/02/econ-m02.html

    Annos

    May 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm


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