Employment Schemes: Ethnic Groups

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to ensure that the Work Programme achieves equitable outcomes for black and minority ethnic participants.

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

Work Programme providers deliver personalised support, tailored to the individual needs of participants. The Department monitors the characteristics, including ethnicity, of participants referred to the Work Programme on an ongoing basis, and Work Programme providers are bound through the terms of their contract to prevent unlawful discrimination and promote equality of opportunity in respect of ethnicity.

Furthermore DWP has commissioned a consortium led by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) to undertake an independent evaluation of the Work Programme. Evaluation work started in autumn 2011 and will conclude in 2014. This evaluation will consider the effectiveness of the programme for different types of participants, including black and minority ethnic participants.

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