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Work Programme

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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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 for work programme participants who secured job outcomes in each three month period since the work programme started, what average number of sustainable payments have been made subsequently to their work programme provider.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information requested from September 2011 to March 2013 is given in the following table:

Average number of sustainment payments made to Work programme providers in each month, 1 September 2011 to 31 March 2013
Job outcome month Median
1 September 2011 to 30 November 2011 16
1 December 2011 to 29 February 2012 13
1 March 2012 to 31 May 2012 11
1 June 2012 to 31 August 2012 8
1 September 2012 to 30 November 2012 5
1 December 2012 to 28 February 2013 1
1 Mar 2013 to 31 March 2013 0
Notes: 1. The latest data available for analysis are at 31 March 2013. Therefore the final period only contains one month’s data. 2. Sustainment payments: Providers can only claim a sustainment payment where: A Job Outcome has been reported. Four continuous weeks in employment have elapsed between the Job Outcome payment date and the sustainment payment date, or between the previous sustainment payment date and the current sustainment payment date. A participant has been in employment and off benefit each week (a week is defined as a seven day period) in the four week period; and 15 working days have passed since the last date of the period being claimed. Following a break in employment after the 104 weeks allotted time providers will no longer be eligible to receive a sustainment payment (a break is defined as when a participant leaves employment for two days or more, even if they remain off benefit). 3. A Job Outcome payment can be claimed when there has been a either continuous or cumulative period of employment of at least 13 weeks. It is not possible for any provider to have received a sustainment payment in the first three months of the programme. These months have therefore not been shown in the table above. Source: DWP Information, Governance and Security Directorate (IGS)

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