Employment Schemes: Scotland

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 proportion of contracts under the Work programme in Scotland has been awarded to voluntary organisations since the inception of the programme.

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

The Department only contracts with prime providers of the Work programme. Neither of the two prime providers operating in Scotland are from the voluntary and community sector (VCS). However, a stock take of the Work programme supply chain undertaken in January 2012 showed that in Scotland 57 of the 84 organisations in tier 1 (subcontractors delivering a specific element of the service, such as job-broking) and tier 2 (subcontractors working on a call-off basis, with no guarantee of volumes) are from the VCS, which equates to 68% of the supply chain.

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