Employment Schemes: Voluntary Organisations

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th 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 what provisions are contained in Work programme contracts in respect of terms and remuneration for voluntary sector sub-contractors who undertake work on behalf of the successful bidders.

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

There are no provisions in the Work programme terms and conditions that cover specific terms or remuneration that prime contractors should apply only to voluntary sector sub-contractors. The Work programme contract sets out a number of standard clauses (such as confidentiality agreements, data protection requirements, prevention of corruption etc) which prime contractors are required to include in all sub-contracts.

Prime contractors are likely, to seek to mirror the call-off terms and conditions, they have signed up to with DWP, with their own sub-contractors. Whatever contractual arrangements the prime contractors do propose to have in place should be implemented at their discretion and based on their own commercial decisions.

Where DWP has consented to sub-contracting taking place, the prime contractors must adhere to the Merlin Standard and accreditation process as detailed in the work programme specification to ensure fair treatment of all subcontractors.

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