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I HAVE NOW RECEIVED THE STATEMENT

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”.

    • WRITTEN MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

Thursday 10th June 2010


        • Progress towards the Work Programme
    • DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS

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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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

Key:

  • 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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The announcement has been made. We are still waiting to hear how this affects particular programmes and current tendering.

Protection for Schools: Schools, 16-19 participation and Sure Start funding has been protected from reductions in 2010-11. NOTE 2010-11

Further education, Apprenticeships

• £50m of Government investment will go into Further Education colleges, which will be leveraged up to create a £150m fund to provide capital investment to those colleges most in need.

• •£150m to fund 50,000 new apprenticeship places, focused on small and medium enterprises.

• £170m to safeguard delivery of 4,000 unfunded social rented homes to start on site this year, protecting 3,500 jobs and prioritising provision for the most vulnerable.

• £50 million for action to tackle backdated business rates bills, including a freeze on payments for 2010-11.

Department Departmental cuts in 2010-11

  1. Department for Education 670
  2. Department for Transport 683
  3. Communities and Local Government 780
  4. CLG Local Government 405
  5. Business Innovation and Skills 836
  6. Home Office 367
  7. Ministry of Justice 325
  8. Law Officers’ Departments 18
  9. Foreign and Commonwealth Office 55
  10. Department for Energy and Climate Change 85
  11. Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs 162
  12. Department for Culture Media and Sport 88
  13. Department for Work and Pensions 535
  14. Chancellor’s Departments 451
  15. Cabinet Office 79
  16. Devolved Administrations 704
    TOTAL 6243

Local Government:
• Local Government cuts of £1,165m through reductions to individual grants to Local Authorities.
• Restrictions will be lifted on how local government spends its money by de-ring-fencing grants totaling over £1.7bn in 2010-11. Councils will have maximum flexibility to deliver efficiencies.

Child Trust Funds: Tapered out The Government will introduce secondary legislation to reduce Government payments to Child Trust Funds from 1 August 2010. From 1 August 2010 payments at birth will be reduced from £250 to £50 for better off families, and £500 to £100 for lower income families; and payments at age 7 stopped. The Government intends to introduce primary legislation to stop all payments from 1 January 2011.

Its time to begin speaking and lobbying the Efficiency and Reform Group (E&RG) and to your local authority to en
Source: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/press_04_10.pdf

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In variably we ask, why doesn’t the government do something about this that or the other, or why are our politicians silent on those issues which require a very obvious response?

This condition which so frequently afflicts our public and elected officials is ‘Political Inertia’ and it has three interrelated but distinct identities or principles;

  • The first is the principle of the Unripe Time,
  • Second, is the principle of the Innovator
  • And finally, the principle of Precedent,

Unripe time

At the heart of Political inertia lays fear. Fear of failure which causes paralysis resulting in a reluctance to make decisions for fear of being held to account for those decisions.

The principle of the Unripe Time nettles in the belief that there is a right time to act and that this time will be arrived at ‘in time’. Action taken before this time is bound to be ineffective or at worst counter productive.

The inherent difficulty with this form of political inertia is that it is highly unpredictable. Action cannot and will not be taken until the time is ripe: however, no one can predict when the time will be ripe, or who defines the moment of ripeness, or worse still we tend to realise that the time was ripe when it’s too late.

A classic example of the principle of Unripe Time which now seems to have been Ripe was Gordon Brown’s aborted 2007 election, there was also David Milliband’s aborted attempt/s to seize the leadership – maybe the time is now ripe.

The arguments used to support the principle of the Unripe Time are;

  • lets assess and analyse the situation,
  • It is uncertain who will benefit, therefore the time is not right to take any action until we know,
  • We want a lasting resolution/decision but it is unclear what a resolution/decision will look like,
  • We need to have discussions about the parameters of the discussions,
  • Conditions have not been met therefore we cannot begin the process,

And

  • We are uncertain about who or where jurisdiction lies,

I am not suggesting that these are invalid or irresponsible positions to take: – far from it – what I am however highlighting is that the cumulative affect of these positions results in inertia of a sort which has serious and profound consequences.

The irony of the principle of the Unripe Time is that when a decision is finally made and the situation is resolved – in full or in part – the question arises as to what prevented us arriving at this point two days, a week, a month or a year ago?

The inevitable answer is nothing what so ever! Why? Because all parties always knew what needed to be done. Watch how the BA Cabin Crew dispute unfolds !!!

Examples of where the principle of the Unripe Time has led to devastating affects include,

  • The reluctance in 2008 of the international community to call for a cease fire in the Gaza war,
  • Our failure in Rwanda,
  • Failure to adequately manage the international banking system,

In domestic politics it is the argument that the last Labour administration employed to explain its decision not to – significantly – reduce the budget deficit until 2011. However the Conservative, Lib Dem coalition see this differently arguing that the time is indeed ripe.

HISTORY WILL JUDGE

Coming next…

…….Thought piece 2 – Political inertia and the Innovators

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Inertia of innovators

Whilst there are those who undoubtedly benefit from action, there are those who equally benefit from in-action.

According to Machiavelli those who are at most risk are the innovators he wrote, ‘… innovators are at most risk because they stand in a precarious place challenging those who have historically benefitted from the status quo’. Innovators are also at risk from those who are uncertain whether or not they will benefit from the new regime and finally, they are at risk from those who wish them to go further and faster but they will be equally scathing if it fails.

The status quo is therefore allowed to persist as no one wishes to be innovative.

A recent political example of this was Gordon Brown’s Government Of All The Talents (GOATS). This innovation was very risky and in the end it failed to achieve the desired effects. Notwithstanding this, it was a masterstroke of political manoeuvring.

Our new Premier David Cameron has also adopted this approach and has taken this principle to a new level.

The fear of Precedents

The fear of precedence is the fear that if you act fairly and justly today; in the future, you will be called on to act as fairly and as justly as you had previously done. The fear of precedent is therefore the fear of the known unknown. In politics we know that it is difficult to effectively extrapolate from one situation to another.

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