ERSA, 13 July 2016

Researcher Alexander Hitchcock wrote an article for Employment Related Services Association after the publication of Reform‘s latest report, The Work and Health Programme: levelling the playing field.

The article highlights key arguments including the need for sharing referral assumptions and forecasts with bidders, and the removal of administrative barriers to market entry would open the playing field to a more diverse range of providers. These are important considerations to note for the upcoming Work and Health Programme bidding process. To quote:

“As ERSA has said, improving DWP’s approach to commissioning welfare-to-work services requires evolution, not revolution. Government recognises the benefits third parties bring to delivering services. To achieve these, it should remove obstacles to vibrant competition. For a new Government this would provide a model for procurements long into the future.”

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Read the full article here.