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Providers claiming payment for other agencies work…

Providers claiming payment for other agencies work...

Charities CUT out of the picture

Workshops explained that Some Work Programme prime contractors were referring clients to voluntary sector agencies without telling the agencies, and then claiming payment for helping the client find a job.

Ms Benn questioned the rationale of a localism agenda which saw Prime Contractors dictating from outside the local area.

Unbeknown to us, primes are sending clients to us for us to provide a service, but we only find out later on. So we get them into work, or find a volunteer position or they attend our training, yet we don’t realise that they’re signed up to the Work Programme. The primes then claim the outcome and get the funding and we get nothing.

 “Unfortunately now we’re upsetting people by saying to them ‘oh you’re on the Work Programme, we can no longer support you’, which is very sad because that’s not who we are,” she said.

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