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The Chancellor has acknowledged that the government will not meet its target of cutting the deficit by 2015


however….. Working age benefits will  not be cut but will be uprated by 5.2%…


This is a big win for Iain Duncan Smith who argued vehmently that the poor should not be penalised:


…well done IDS!!


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Thank you and seasons greetings

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Press Release


Prevista Partnership Network Expands to prepare for large scale delivery and business development opportunities

Prevista are taking forward their partnership delivery model by further developing and enhancing their Prevista Partnership Network (PPN) to increase links with leading skills providers, employability trainers and specialist support partners and employers. The PPN will provide customer groups with support and expert assistance to gain sustained employment, return to education, gain accredited training such as Apprenticeships and NVQs or develop entrepreneurial expertise to move into self-employment or grow existing businesses.

Prevista’s aim is to further build on their robust partnership network which can tender for high value contracting opportunities now and in the future, including DWP, SFA, ESF and RDA/LEP funding. They believe that by combining expertise and intelligence they will become better positioned to secure funding and increase their success ratio.

Capturing details of track records, specialisms and delivery capability, the Prevista Partnership Network (PPN) provides an informal and flexible vehicle to drive multi-agency working. The breadth of Prevista’s experience positions members of the Partnership Network to secure entry and maintain a footing across a range of new and emerging funding opportunities. Set up by Prevista, they are in a unique position to accept expressions of interest from any company, combining grass root organisations with regional and national Providers including those with Minimum Contract Values of less than £500k.

Prevista is a dynamic, full service management and delivery company with 15 years experience in delivering employment initiatives, skills development and enterprise programmes as they relate to economic, social and cultural development, combining these to deliver large scale contracts across regions.

Prevista’s model builds on the company’s expertise of linking strategic diversity champions, key intermediaries and high performing delivery organisations. “In light of the Coalition Governments’ policies, seamless multi-agency working is paramount to the success of delivery, especially when considering positioning to deliver major contracts for PRIMES under the Single Work Programme, SFAs, RDAs/LEPS and ESF opportunities” comments James Clements Smith, Managing Director for Prevista.

To become part of the expanding London Partnership Network email partnership@prevista.co.uk to receive an Expression of Interest form.

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Issued by Prevista Ltd. For further information contact James West, Assistant Director Marketing & Sales, jamesw@prevista.co.uk or 020 7609 4198

Editors notes:

1. Prevista’s Partnership Network (PPN) aims to increase links with leading skills providers, employability trainers, enterprise agencies and diverse specialists. Providing support and expert assistance, every application will be considered and combined to provide an extensive pool for multi-agency working and accessing funding and tendering opportunities

2. Prevista delivers from 21 delivery sites servicing all 33 London Boroughs, and has offices in the Midlands and the South East of England

3. Prevista provides programmes to DWP, JCP, RDAs/LEPS , SFAs, Colleges, Enterprise Agencies, VCS and 3rd sector organisations

4. Prevista works with young people and NEETs, the long-term unemployed, ethnic minorities, lone parents and women, over 50, disabled, and other hard to reach groups

5. Prevista has over 50 subcontractors and is connected to a large supplier base a cross all of London’s specialist support Providers as well as the Midlands and the South East

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Press release

Dated: EMBARGO’D until 00.00 hours Tuesday 6th July 2010


Tapping into the time and commitment of people across the UK could be a major tool in solving the increasing problem – and growing taxpayer burden – of long-term unemployment, according to Welfare To Work charity, Careers Development Group’s chief executive Roy O’Shaughnessy.

With senior civil servants gathering for the annual Civil Service Live Conference at Olympia this week (July 6-8), CDG is making a call to action, proposing that the sector looks at a professional/volunteer hybrid model, with businesses and the Welfare To Work sector collaborating to identify and utilise expert volunteers. Highlighting the huge challenge – in terms of finance, policy and sheer scale – faced in reducing the numbers of unemployed, O’Shaughnessy states that a collective approach is needed.

“With the public sector facing big cost cuttings, we need new ways of tackling unemployment and the huge taxpayer burden it creates. But we are all responsible for tackling unemployment – employers, the not-for-profit sector, government and everyone involved in Welfare To Work programmes. Relying on piecemeal policy or chucking money at the problem isn’t going to work. However, there is a huge and free resource out there and we’ve got to find a way of tapping into it.”

“There are tens of thousands of people across the UK, especially among the over-50s, with the skills and experience to help people achieve or return to employment who, if properly approached and trained, could provide their time and expertise voluntarily” stated the leading Welfare To Work charity’s chief executive.  “We have not even touched on the potential of this resource, as the Welfare To Work sector as a whole has never sat down to review how we might approach such a strategy”.

With rising numbers of long term unemployed, the sector faces unprecedented challenges due to limits in government funding, the huge investment needed to ensure that the aspiration of 50% or more sustainable jobs set by the Coalition is achieved and because there is currently no single model for delivery excellence among the many providers of Welfare To Work services. “Because of the vast scale of the challenge, government contracts are huge and require strong and cohesive strategies to attract suitable funds and to make sure that policies are effective” notes O’Shaughnessy. “The sector is currently only reaching around 30%, even with significant investment, so we need new, cost-effective approaches to give us the tools and impetus to achieve the 50% or more level set”.

A call to action

CDG proposes to quickly set up an October summit of all key players in the sector – charities, Welfare To Work organisations, employer representatives and the government – to agree a policy of tapping into expert volunteers across the UK and establish a means of doing so, to garner not just unexploited expertise but also exceptional cost savings and public benefit.

The professional/volunteer hybrid model being mooted by CDG is fully achievable, according to O’Shaughnessy. “The Government has just announced an expectation of at least 25% public sector cost savings. We believe this is completely achievable in the Welfare To Work sector if we attract around 50,000 volunteers across the UK giving 2-10 hours a month. We’ve not yet had a chance to work on exact figures but this will be one of the key outcomes of the proposed summit. Not only will costs be cut but this idea will bring an additional boost to helping people off benefits and into sustainable work. “

To achieve this O’Shaughnessy notes that commitment to the model is needed from all key Welfare To Work organisations; that commercial businesses will need to adjust their CSR policies to participate and to offer staff as volunteers. Secondments from business and the retired are likely to be the first approached. In return, the Government should consider tax credits and businesses will gain from a substantial means of achieving significant CSR objectives.

“In the current economic climate everyone is looking for maximum value for money. It’s no use applying a cash sticking plaster – what’s needed is a long-term, sustainable approach and our proposed hybrid model could be just that. That’s why we are calling on business, the government and Welfare To Work organisations to sit down together and debate how we could make this work.”

CDG’s own strategy reflects this approach. As a registered charity it already ploughs all its surplus or “profits” back into the organisation’s work. This year that amounted to just under £2m and in the same year saw its achievements rise, with the number of  customers supported going from 27,000 to 33,000.


For further information:



Notes to Editors

CDG is attending the Civil Service Live conference (stand G68) at London Olympia on 6-8 July, the major talking point for key civil servants, attended by senior civil service members, politicians and business figures.

CDG is a dynamic charity that seeks to help those who are unemployed find and sustain meaningful employment. Many of the people we support have multiple barriers to employment, including lack of recent work experience, disabilities, health problems and lack of relevant employability skills, to name a few.

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Newsletter: Queens Birthday Honours, Increase Child Benefit, ALP Conference

Having difficulty viewing? visit http://www.yesminister.org.uk then click on PRESS

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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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Here is the full statement by Chris Grayling MP:

Work Programme statement

Minister of State for Employment Chris Grayling said:
“We are committed to getting the unemployed back to work and that’s why we are taking swift action to get the Work Programme up and running”.

“The Work Programme will offer exciting opportunities for contractors from both the private and voluntary sectors to deliver the flexible and personalised support people need to get back to work, and I believe existing providers have a big role to play in this”.


Thursday 10th June 2010

        • Progress towards the Work Programme

Minister for Employment, (Chris Grayling): The Government has previously announced its plans for radical reforms of the welfare to work system and the implementation of the Work Programme. The Work Programme will be a single integrated package of support providing personalised help for everyone who finds themselves out of work regardless of the benefit they claim.

This will give providers longer to work with individuals and greater freedom to decide the appropriate support for them.  We will also offer stronger incentives for providers to work with the harder to help, paying providers out of the additional benefits they realise as a result of placing people into work.

We are determined to move quickly and are aiming to have the Work Programme in place nationally by the summer of 2011.

Until the Work Programme is implemented, we will ensure support is in place. Where necessary, we will seek to extend current arrangements to ensure that there is no gap in provision and people can continue to receive help and support to get back into work.

Once the Work Programme is implemented it will supersede much of the complicated raft of national programmes currently on offer and these will be phased out. The support currently provided by programmes such as the Flexible New Deal will be folded into the Work Programme as soon as possible.

We are committed to supporting severely disabled people and are currently reviewing the best way of doing this.

The Government has today written to relevant providers and will be beginning one to one discussions with them to discuss what this means for them. We believe that the Work Programme will offer significant new opportunities for contractors from the private and voluntary sectors to deliver truly flexible and personalised support, building appropriate partnerships to do so. We recognise the crucial role that the voluntary sector in particular has to play in tackling worklessness, and our plans reflect this.

We will be publishing further details as the design and implementation of the Work Programme progresses.

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