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Greater Manchester CA appoints Working Well (Work and Health Programme) provider

Following a rigorous procurement process, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority has appointed InWork GM to deliver the new Working Well (Work and Health Programme) across Greater Manchester

InWork GM is a new alliance partnership between Ingeus and The Growth Company and also includes Pathways CIC and Pluss; specialist health, wellbeing and disability support organisations. 

Minister for employment Jamie Hepburn strikes back at charity critics of Scottish job scheme Fair Start Scotland

The Herald reports that Jamie Hepburn MSP, the Scottish Minister for Employability and Training, has made a strong statement to support the process for commissioning Fair Start Scotland.

The initial reports of the contract awards were dominated by voluntary sector criticism of awards to for-profit organisations.

Work and Health Programme contracting: announcements

The full list of Work and Health Programme contracts has been published by Carley Consult. The DWP contracts exclude Greater Manchester and London, which will be announced separately.

So far, there is no information on the main DWP website.

Fair Start Scotland announcement: Scottish parliament debate

The full statement from Jamie Hepburn MSP and the questions that follow are now available.

The questions and responses provide further information on the rationale for the decisions taken.

Media coverage continues to be dominated by the voluntary sector disappointment that they did not secure the lion's share of funding.

Fair Start Scotland contractors announced

While we're waiting for DWP to announce the preferred bidders for the Work and Health Programme, which does not apply in Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced the results of its' tender exercise for employment support.

From April 2018 the new Fair Start Scotland service will aim to help at least 38,000 people to find employment, including those facing barriers to entering the labour market.

Learning and Work publish August labour market briefing.

Learning and Work have released their latest labour Market report for August 2017, building on the Office for National Statistics release.

The labour market figures published on 16 August show another strong increase in employment, with unemployment and economic inactivity amongst people of working age both falling.

Ingeus owner Providence Services sells its Australian arm Mission Providence

Before Ingeus was sold to Providence Services, it had had to exit the Australian employment services market because its' founder, Therese Rein, is married to the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

Once Providence was in control, they formed a partnership with Mission Australia, which was one of the major providers in employment services. The resulting organisation, Mission Providence, is one of the major providers in the jobActive network.

US-headquartered providers publish financial results

Both Maximus and Providence Service Corporation (which is the parent company for Ingeus) have published quarterly financial results.

Maximus (NYSE:MMS) has published a presentation alongside their Q3 2017 Investor Conference Call .

There is more UK-related comment on the Health Assessment contract (which carries out Work Capability Assessments for DWP) rather than the winding down of the Work Programme contracts or prospects for the Work and Health Programme.

Learning & Work Labour Market Update - June 2017

Learning and Work have released their latest labour Market report for June 2017, building on the Office for National Statistics release.

The labour market figures published on 14 June point to a strong but stable labour market, and jobs for the many and not the few.

“To govern is to choose” – The Conservative Party Manifesto analysed by Learning & Work

To govern is to choose. There’s lots to welcome in the Conservative manifesto, including backing for our campaign for a successor to European structural funds. But we need more investment and reform for ordinary working families to be better off by 2022.

Things can only get better? Labour’s 2017 manifesto

It’s great to see a focus on Further Education and skills in the Labour manifesto. But we need more radical ways to invest if we’re to tackle the big questions

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute

It’s great to see a focus on Further Education and skills in the Labour manifesto. But we need more radical ways to invest if we’re to tackle the big questions

Time to choose: how the next government can boost learning, skills and jobs

This general election comes at a profound time for our country. Investing in learning and opportunity is essential for our prosperity and fairness in society. We’ve set out plans for making the change we need. 

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute

Labour market update - May 2017 Learning and Work briefing

Learning & Work have published their May Labour Market Statistics briefing.

The latest labour market figures published on 17 May appear to point to a robust labour market. However, the unexpected rise in claimant unemployment could point to trouble ahead.

Labour market update - March 2017 Learning and Work briefing

Learning and Work have published the March Labour Market statistics briefing

The labour market figures published on 15 March are another set of numbers pointing to modest improvement in employment prospects.