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Whilst it is true that individuals could do much more to help themselves out of poverty. Very rarely is poverty self inflicted: it is usually the result of circumstances beyond an individual’s control.

Poverty, however does not occur or remain in isolation but it is usually exacerbated by socio-economic conditions including a lack of jobs – and where there are jobs – they are low-paid, short-term, part-time, unreliable and insecure. Individuals are likely to spiral into increased dependency and ultimately intergenerational unemployment ensues which further excludes, compounds and reinforces their individual and collective position. The myth is that the poor contribute very little to society:  actually; the converse is true: many people living in poverty do make important contributions through caring for the elderly, disabled, looking after the children of friends and family and volunteering. As I discussed in previous postings, our dysfunctional benefit system fails to support these and other people when they wish to transit into work.

In addition to the fact that people trying to move into work only keep a few pennies in the pound from what they earn, the costs of getting to and from work simply compounds the problem.

This does not even begin to account for those for whom work is just not viable due to health concerns and also because of their other familial responsibilities – which have financial implications to family and which has so far saved the state money…..

…yes I know…. we only hear about the costs and the scroungers …. not about the so called benefit louts who are in fact saving money…   .

What do I recommend?

If we accept that people living in poverty do wish to contribute to their communities then I propose that in addition to simplifying the benefit system, increasing the earnings disregard, tapering benefit payments as proposed by Centre for Social Justice, and supporting start-up and micro businesses, that through the Community Allowance scheme the unemployed would be allowed to take on small amounts of paid community work without losing benefits.

Participants would be permitted to register for a maximum of 52 weeks. Maximum earnings on top of benefits over the year would be capped at £4,469 or the equivalent of up to 15 hours a week on the minimum wage. Participants would be paid the minimum wage or more depending on the kind of work available and their skill base.Community Allowance.

I think this could be the answer to making the Work Programme work!

12 months on Community allowance in addition added to the cost paid to providers is a win win: everyone benefits and the Treasury saves.


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look out for more info on WELFARE TO WORK….. EMPLOYMENT AND SKILLS  et.al

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During a visit to the mental  asylum, I asked the director how do  you  determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.

“Well,” said the director, “we fill  up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.”

“Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”

“No.” said the director, “A normal person would pull the plug.

The moral …

There is a temptation to panic, become flustered and angry but it is important that we see the opportunity that is before us.

A letter is winging its way to you as I write:

  1. read it very carefully,
  2. count to 10
  3. digest its contents…. All is not lost…….

REMEMBER, ‘First Impressions’ can be misleading and confusing.

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The government has been consistent!

However the termination of FND2 has sent Shock waves through the industry!!

5 year contracts are now ONLY AS  STRONG AS THE  TERMINATION PERIOD IN CONTRACTS!! this will have implications for investment in the sector.

PRIMES who have invested widely, deeply will be very annoyed!!!

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Welfare to Work announcement


  • The Work Programme will be introduced nationally by Summer 2011.
  • The vehicle for bringing the Work Programme into being and handling all work-focussed services  (and related commissioning) will be a new framework of preferred providers.
  • This framework, The Work Programme Framework, will be used for the Work Programme and for future Welfare to Work requirements and will be accessible by other public service commissioners wish to commission work-focussed services.
  • Selection on to the framework will be based on a provider’s ability and capacity to deliver job focussed services over the lifetime of the framework
  • The framework competition will commence at the end of June 2010, identifying framework providers by November and placing contracts in the first half of 2011.
  • There will be an event in July for providers interested in the framework
  • All current competitions are superseded.  There will be no fND2, Invest to Save, Personalised Employment Programme or Community Task Force.
  • fND1 providers are being given immediate twelve months notice of the end of fND1 contracts.
  • The intention is to achieve maximum continuity of service and to minimise disruption.
  • All fND1 providers are encouraged to bid in to the framework for a managed move on to the Work Programme.
  • There is no decision yet on Work Choice but there is a commitment to supporting disabled people.
  • No decision has yet been made about how Work for your Benefit will fit within the Work Programme.
  • Current New Deal, Pathways and EZ contracts will be extended in fND2 areas then will roll in to the Work Programme.

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Other news!!

FND 1 providers have been asked to meet with DWP. There are two possible reasons for this

It could be to discuss their performance against their performance offer with a view to making decisions on FND2, PEP, CTF etc

or TWO
The word on the street is that the Work Programme will commence in June 2011. As you know, the notice period for the termination of existing contracts is 12 months……..!!!!

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DWP Commercial Director makes announcement!!!

Providers are meeting with David Smith and Alan Cave today and (I have been reliably told) a few minutes ago DWP Commercial Director David Smith announced that a letter will be sent to providers tomorrow informing them of the next steps!!!

This will be followed by a phone call!

Providers were told last week that a letter was on its way and should have arrived by yesterday: It has not arrived but this announcement is more concrete.

It’s all beginning to happen!!

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