Employment Schemes: Disability

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Westminster North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of the cap on Work Choice referrals for each of the 28 contract package areas was in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department has not placed a cap on referrals to Work Choice in any of the Contract Package Areas since the inception of the programme.

Work Choice programme referrals are managed across Contract Package Areas in accordance with anticipated start volumes for each contract.

The numbers of referrals required to achieve the starts profiles may fluctuate across Contract Package Areas, to take into account: Failed to Starts, drop outs from the programme etc.

We do not impose caps on referrals, however, if referral levels are not managed appropriately and in accordance with this strategy we do have the option of suspending referrals until such a point that referral levels are brought into line with profiled starts expectations, but this would be seen as a last resort.

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