Employment Schemes

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

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Photo of Ann McKechin Ann McKechin Labour, Glasgow North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that primary contractors under the Work programme are engaging with third sector organisations with specialist experience of handling vulnerable groups.

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

The Department took steps to ensure that the level of community involvement was commensurate with the needs of Work programme customers during the procurement process. The specification stated that a key factor in the tender assessment process would be the supply chain and it was therefore in the interest of potential prime providers to engage with such organisations to enhance the support available.

All subsequent changes to the supply chain are subject to scrutiny and agreement by departmental officials to ensure they are justified and that the service available through the Work programme is not reduced or compromised.

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