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-Minister defends ban on publishing Work Programme data

Third Sector reported yesterday that the Department for Work and Pensions had asked organisations delivering on its Work Programme to sign contracts that said they could not publish data on the progress of their schemes and instead, the Office for National Statistics would publish the information in due course.

This decision has been criticised by The Shaw Trust, a charity and subcontractor for the programme, who have said that they would like to publish the data because this would help it to share its experiences with others. A spokeswoman told Third Sector, “we want to talk openly about our figures, but we can’t. We think open access to the data would allow providers to share information about what’s working and what’s not, so that they can deliver the best services. But no provider is allowed to share this data. I think there is a good case that it should be out there.”

Nick Hurd, however, the Minister for Civil Society, speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference said:

“The Work Programme is at an early stage in its delivery. I think the department wants to control information around it tightly. If there are teething issues, we want to manage those issues tightly without lots of noise.”


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