What is the DWP Commissioning Strategy?

The DWP Commissioning Strategy is the document which sets out how the department designs, buys and manages contracted employment services. It was published in February 2008, and builds on the recommendations of the Freud Report.

  • 5 to 7 year long Prime Contracts
  • 80% payment on results, primarily 6 month sustainments
  • Contract areas larger than Districts, smaller than Regions
  • Prime Contractors do not have to deliver *any* services directly

Pathways and POEM feedback

The FoI request we submitted some months ago has been partially answered, and it made sense to put what we did get online. We asked for details on:

  1. POEM bidders, their quality and finance scores, and agreed contract values and performance targets for the winners
  2. Pathways to Work bidders, their quality and finance scores, and agreed contract values and performance targets for the winners
  3. Portfolio management applied to Pathways to Work Phase 2

NDDP PQQ results 2007

Owing to the quality of bids, rather more than usual made it through to the ITT stage - between 7 and 12 in each District. This round also marks the entry of Serco into tendering, following their recent heavy investment in building a sector presence.

Analysis - Pathways to Work results

With confirmed contracts on Phase 1 and preferred bidders on Phase 2, it's about time we took a look at how things have panned out for the various bidders, and what it means for the industry.

Analysis - New Deal performance 2006-2007

We recently acquired the New Deal results for the first year of the new 'prime contract' regime in London and the South East. Rather than keep it to ourselves, it seemed only fair to share them more widely, along with some explanation and analysis.