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Employment Schemes: Contracts

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which employment service contractors in each region did not have their contract for employment services renewed under each (a) New Deal, (b) Employment Zone and (c) Pathways to Work programme in each of the last eight years; and if he will make a statement. (246548)

The information requested in relation to (a) New Deal contracts is not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost. The information requested in relation to (b) Employment Zone contracts is provided in the following table. Provider-led Pathways to Work contracts (c) were let in two phases in December 2007 and April 2008 and the earliest date for renewal of any of these contracts will be 2010.

A large number of bids for DWP contracts are received each year from a diverse range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. All contracts are procured through open and fair competition in accordance with public procurement policy and EU regulations. Contracts are awarded to the bidder who offers the best quality and value for money against objective and published criteria, using fair and open competitions.

Delivery of welfare to work services by the private and voluntary sectors is an important feature of our welfare reform strategy. We set out last February our future approach to commissioning welfare to work (Cmnd 7363) and last month's White Paper (Cmnd 7506) described how we intended to devolve more powers to private, public and voluntary providers.

Employment Zone

Former contractor

Contract end date

North West Wales

Work Connections

May 2002

Middlesbrough

Working Links

October 2003

Nottingham

Nottingham City Partnership

October 2003

Southwark

Working Links

April 2004

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid to (a) private and (b) voluntary sector employment service contractors in each region under each (i) New Deal, (ii) Employment Zone and (iii) Pathways to Work programme in each of the last eight years; and if he will make a statement. (246569)

The information requested is not held centrally and is available only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) agreed contract employment target, (b) award payment structure per client and (c) names were of each (i) private and (ii) voluntary contractor for each (A) New Deal, (B) Employment Zone and (C) Pathways to Work programme in each region that involved contracting out employment services in each of the last eight years; and if he will make a statement. (246595)

The information requested in relation to contract employment targets and the award payment structure for clients is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the names of each (i) private and (ii) voluntary contractor for each of the current (A) new deal (B) employment zone and (C) pathways to work programme (phases 1 and 2) in each region are shown in the following tables. For completeness, the names of the public sector organisation delivering these programmes is also included.

Delivery of welfare to work services by the private, voluntary and public sectors is an important feature of our welfare reform strategy. We set out last February our future approach to commissioning welfare to work (Cmnd 7363) and last month’s White Paper (Cmnd 7506) described how we intended to devolve more powers to private, public and voluntary providers.

New deal prime contractors

Region

Private sector providers

East Midlands

A4e, Instant Muscle, TBG Learning

East of England

A4e Anglia Training Services, Kennedy Scott, TNG

London

A4e, Skills Training

North East

A4e, Crosby Training, Inspire to Independence, MBW Training Services, Sencia Ltd., Standguide, TNG, Training West Lancashire Ltd., Working Links

North West

A4e, TNG

Scotland

A4e, Glasgow Mentoring Network, Management Introductions, Reed in Partnership plc, Support Training Ltd., Triage Central Ltd.

South East

A4e, TBG Learning

South West

A4e, Prospects Services Ltd., Seetec

Wales

A4e Wales Ltd., DASH Training South Wales LLP, TD Training Ltd.

West Midlands

Biscom Resource Management Ltd., Juniper Training, Pertemps People Development Group Ltd., Workfirst,

Yorkshire and Humberside

A4e, BEST (Business Employment Services Training)

Region

Voluntary sector providers

East of England

YMCA Training

London

CDG, Community Links

North East

BTCV Enterprises

Scotland

Claverhouse Training, SCVO, The Wise Group

South East

CDG

South West

BTCV Enterprises

Wales

SOVA, Tydfil Training Consortium Ltd.

West Midlands

Steps to Work Walsall

Region

Public sector providers

East of England

North Hertfordshire College

Scotland

Argyll and Bute Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, Lauder College, Moray College, West Lothian Council

South West

Bournemouth and Poole College

Wales

Carmarthenshire Training and Technology Centre, Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training, Pembrokeshire County Council, Scout Enterprises (Western) Ltd., Swansea College

West Midlands

Dudley MBC Future Skills, ETW, Shropshire County Training

Employment zone contracts

Region

Private sector providers

East Midlands

Work Directions

London

Reed in Partnership, TNG, Work Directions, Working Links

North East

Pertemps

North West

Pertemps, Reed in Partnership, Sencia

Scotland

Reed in Partnership, Working Links

South East

Working Links

South West

Working Links

Wales

Working Links

West Midlands

Pertemps, Work Directions, Working Links

Yorkshire and Humberside

Reed in Partnership

Region

Voluntary Sector providers

Scotland

Wise Group

Provider led pathways to work phase 1

Region

Private sector providers

East Midlands

TNG Ltd., Work Directions UK Ltd.

London

Work Directions UK Ltd.

Scotland

Triage Central Ltd., Work Directions UK Ltd.

South West

A4e

Wales

A4e

West Midlands

Seetec Business Technology Centre Ltd., Work Directions UK Ltd.

Yorkshire and Humberside

A4e

Region

Voluntary sector providers

North West

The Shaw Trust

East of England

The Shaw Trust

Provider led pathways to work phase 2

Region

Private sector providers

East Midlands

Working Links

East of England

Reed in Partnership

London

Reed in Partnership

North West

Carter and Carter, TNG

South West

Working Links

West Midlands

Working Links

Yorkshire and Humberside

Carter and Carter, Working Links

Region

Voluntary sector providers

East of England

Shaw Trust

South East

Instant Muscle, Royal British Legion Industries, Shaw Trust

Region

Public sector providers

West Midlands

Remploy