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Parents better off on dole

The Gurdian reports today that whilst Working tax credit is a payment for people in employment earning less than £12,900 per year or a couple earning less than £17,700 or less a year many parents will be better offon benefits

Government figures show that around 200,000 couples who work part time while bringing up children are set to lose their entitlement of almost £4,000 per year from April, unless they increase their working hours.

These families will be pushed back into the benefits system as couples must now work at least 24 hours per week before they are eligible for the credit.

Rachel Reeves, the shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury minister, will claimthat the changes will mean “going out to work makes no sense” for some couples.

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Public Accounts Committee criticises award of contract to A4e

The  Public Accounts Committee’s chair, Margaret Hodge, asked civil servants why welfare-to-work companies with poor track records of fulfilling previous contracts had been given new work.

“It seemed rather surprising to me that you did not have to regard to the past performance of contractors. Why not?” she asked. “A4e … their performance on [Pathways to Work] was abysmal … Why didn’t you look at past performance of contractors?”

Fellow committee member Richard Bacon, Conservative MP for south Norfolk, added:

“Are you seriously saying that you could not take into account that A4e had dreadful performance in one of the immediate predecessor programmes?”He said that the company got 9% of clients into work in the Pathways to Work programme – it had been expected to deliver 30%.

There was also concern raised about dividends of £11m being paid out.

Read more in the Guardian

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The man, the Myth, the legend.

Richard Johnson has left the stage…..

It is indeed true to say, that under the leadership of Richard Johnson, Serco launched itself financially but more importantly, emotionally into the welfare to work sector.

The Batman and Robin duo of Messrs Johnson and Williams strutted impressive figures on the W2W stage.

Serco made its mark during FND1, however it was during FND2 that Serco did indeed begin to soar like an eagle.

I have to declare an interest here… yesMinister were heavily involved and embedded with the Serco team during FND2.. in fact we were indistinguishable and fitted seamlessly into the team which the dynamic duo had put together… by the way we were also paid on time – this bodes well for Serco’s supply chain!!

The ethical Monolith

Having worked in the sector from the TEC days it was reassuring for me to see and hear high ethics and commendable aspirations being enunciated from within the belly of the monolith which is Serco. What was said internally was communicated externally … there were no double messages, hedged bets, or duplicitous actions… this made it easy for Serco but even easier for yesMinister to engage with Serco and its supply chain.

Pastures New

Richard has gone on to pastures new but lets be clear… many Prime contractors stood quietly whilst Richard expounded on the pros and cons of the new commissioning framework, on the impact of payment by results on providers, beneficiaries – now there’s a word that’s rarely used -, and government. Richard has indeed been a ‘critical friend’;  many have silently benefited from his insights. Richard definitely applied his skills of oratory, his attention to detail and his ability to discern which was bolstered by his confidence in the research that his team had been doing on the ground and which was further supported by the modelling, statistical analysis and attention to detail…

The new level of transparency of accounting which is characteristic of the sector came from RJ. The innovative 3 Step Delivery Model was born out of the belly of the Dynamic Duo…


As Machiavelli says.. the innovator is at most risk because on one hand he has those who have benefited from the old system and are fearful of losing out under a new system.

On the other hand, those who ‘could’ benefit from the proposed new system are fearful of that change and of what it will mean….. this leaves the innovator in a precarious position … still innovating but with others waiting, waiting, waiting and trying to time and negotiate their own advantage……

The sector will definitely miss RJ…..

By the way Richard…. ….. lets do lunch … there are new plans emerging,.,.,….. its not over yet……

Seasons greetings………follow this

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Serco Welfare to Work Success

Message from Richard Johnson

It has been a great privilege for me to lead
Serco’s management of such services,
coordinating the delivery of a network
of private, public and third sector
organisations, providing access to
new employment opportunities.


Seasons Greetings: see here

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News ! Influencing, welfare reform and the Work Programme

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Minister says that Charities are not ‘Bid candy’

The employment minister Chris Grayling has denied that prime contractors of the government’s Work Programme have used voluntary organisations as “bid candy” to win contracts.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations Special Interest Group for Work Programme Sub-contractors said last month some small specialist charity providers feared large prime contractors were using them as “bid candy” to make their supply chains look more attractive during the tendering stage.

The group also said the programme, which pays prime contractors by the amount of people they get into work, was in danger of systemic failure unless some key issues were addressed….

Read more….in Third Sector

  • We have learned that some  charities, are considering pulling out of the Work Programme


  • Other organisations have received no referrals from their prime contractor
  • Others are receiving inappropriate customers



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