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Call for ideas on Work Programme 2

The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is calling for ideas to help develop the future of mainstream outsourced welfare to work provision.

Prime contractors, subcontractors and partners with experience of the Work Programme are being encouraged to share their input to establish a clear and representative view on the new system.

ERSA chief executive Kirsty McHugh said: “As an industry, we have a huge amount of knowledge about what works and doesn’t work – not only drawn from the Work Programme, but also previous welfare to work programmes.

“We now need to get the best brains together to develop our recommendations to government on the shape of future welfare to work provision. This needs to offer the best possible support to the long term unemployed, while being viable for providers of all sectors and giving value for money to the taxpayer.”

ERSA will host a number of consultation events across the country over the next two months, and aims to unveil the results at its annual conference in London on 2 December.

Natalie Thornhill


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