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Employment: Pathways to Work

Volume 697: debated on Monday 17 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How contracts for Pathways to Work will reward providers for working with those whose disabilities place them furthest from the labour market and others who may need more support to get into employment. [HL514]

Providers will receive a payment for every person claiming incapacity benefits who obtains a job through participation in Pathways to Work. A job in this context is defined as paid employment of at least eight hours a week expected to last for a minimum of 13 weeks. Providers will receive a further payment for each person who achieves sustained employment. A person is deemed to be in sustained employment if, after 26 weeks, they are off benefit and have been off benefit for at least 13 of the previous 26 weeks. Providers also receive a service fee for delivering the core elements of the programme, for example work-focused interviews and condition management programmes.