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Alexander Hitchcock, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article in Public Finance outlining risks to the new Work and Health Programme which could undermine its success.
He argues that the DWP’s current approach to procurement means it is unlikely to deliver a wide base of competitors. Information is also scant for programme bidders which could lead to drop-outs once contracts are released. Devolution will also play a big role in the Work and Health Programme but local areas are finding it hard to engage with DWP over devolution deals.
“Previous DWP programmes have been chastised by the NAO and Public Accounts Committee for failing to provide important information throughout the procurement process. Repeating these mistakes would thwart DWP’s intentions to deliver employment services that would work for all.”
Read the full article here.