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Liam Byrne (Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; Birmingham, Hodge Hill, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will institute short notice or unannounced inspections of Work programme providers.

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Chris Grayling (The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions; Epsom and Ewell, Conservative)

The Department already approaches providers in a number of different ways. The Department uses short notice or unannounced inspections on providers, when necessary, to achieve the appropriate outcome. For instance, with allegations of fraud or when testing the operation of controls, DWP Internal Audit and Investigation have undertaken provider visits at short notice and the Supply Chain Information Assurance Team scope, plan and conduct unannounced ‘access all areas’ visits to providers to look at any aspects of security, record keeping, document storage and retention. The Provider Assurance Team is focused on visits that look at a range of wider issues and require access to individual provider staff, documents and systems, to be able to effectively assess provider controls.

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