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Employment Schemes: Voluntary Organisations

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Ann McKechin Ann McKechin Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the tender criteria for the award of Work Programme contracts contained an explicit requirement that a minimum percentage of contracts should be awarded to the voluntary sector; and whether the successful tenders in Scotland fulfilled this criterion.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) did not specify a minimum level of third sector/not for profit participation in the delivery of the Work Programme in the tender criteria, but we did provide information on the current provision and the levels of third sector involvement.

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