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– Lack of confidence in Work Programme targets

Voluntary sector fears Work Programme won’t meet minimum targets or support the most vulnerable

The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), have published a survey which shows that only 8% of third sector subcontractors are confident that the Work Programme will meet its targets.

ACEVO surveyed all third sector organisations involved in the Work Programme to assess the sector’s engagement and confidence in the programme.

The main findings of the survey are:

There is anxiety as to how successful the programme will be:

  • Only 8% were confident that the Work Programme will hit its targets
  • Only 9% felt the Work Programme’s payment system was adequate to help those furthest from the labour market.

Voluntary sector subcontractors are shouldering significant risks:

  • Only 38% of respondents had signed contracts for their provision
  • 37% had not agreed pricing levels with their primes.
  • Only 18% of respondents believed their payment profile had been softened in comparison to their prime’s DWP contract
  • Only 57% of respondents agreed with the information on their role in the Work Programme that prime contractors had submitted to DWP

Read the full briefing from the survey here.


Website: ACEVO

Amanda Frewin

Research & Project Support

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