Indus Delta Welfare to Work Newswire - 18 May 2012

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Extension of appointment of Non-Executive Directors of Remploy Ltd

The appointments of Ian Thornley and Joe Mann MBE, Non-Executive Directors of Remploy Limited have been extended for 18 months to 17 November 2013, it was announced on 17 May.

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Movers and shakers: Simon Gillespie appointed to independent scrutiny group overseeing improvements to WCA

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, has been appointed to the independent scrutiny group overseeing improvements to the Work Capability Assessment.

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Fraud and error in the benefit system

The latest National Statistics report, 'Fraud and Error in the benefit system: Preliminary 2011/12 estimates', was released on 17 May according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. The report was produced by the Department for Work and Pensions.

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Movers and shakers: Philip Langsdale as new chief information officer at DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions has named Philip Langsdale as the new chief information officer. He will succeed Joe Harley who retired in March 2012.

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Dianne Abbott MP speaks about 'McParenting' culture and the current government's focus on personal responsibility

In a speech made on health and families, Diane Abbott MP argued that the personal responsibility narrative of the present government surrounding families' wellbeing supports big companies like McDonalds and not families themselves. The speech was made at the Policy Exchange on 17 May.

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David Cameron considers cutting billions more from welfare budget

A confidential policy paper from Downing Street has been uncovered which reveals that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, is considering cutting the welfare budget by an extra £25bn, according to the Telegraph. The government is considering cutting back benefits for working age people in order to achieve this.

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Preventing fraud in contracted employment programmes

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office has argued that the Department for Work and Pensions has ‘improved its range of controls on the Work Programme, in particular, compared with previous schemes. However, it missed a number of opportunities to detect potential problems at A4e and it needs to tighten controls on its smaller programmes.’

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A4e cleared of fraud but Mandatory Work Activity contract cancelled

A4e was cleared of fraud by the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Skills Funding Agency audits on 15 May, according to the BBC. But on the same day Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, announced that its South East contract for Mandatory Work Activity has been cancelled because continuing with the contract would be 'too great a risk'.

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Public Accounts Committee reports on progress of Work Programme's introduction

The Public Accounts Committee on 15 May has produced a report commending the speed at which the Work Programme was introduced but argues because of its quick introduction there are risks which need consideration.

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What do Jobcentre Plus vacancies tell us about the trends in construction?

The recent GDP figures included a ‘surprise’ fall in construction – the surprise being that just a few weeks before, the main private sector survey had estimated that construction was expanding faster than at any point for two years. So who’s right? Paul Bivand, Associate Director of Statistics and Analysis at Inclusion, reports.


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Support for people on sickness benefits to get back into the workplace

Thousands of people who have been on sickness benefits for more than 15 years have been found fit to work and will now get support to help them back into a job, new analysis from the Department for Work and Pensions revealed on 14 May.

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Job of the week

On the back of recent contract wins and additional business, Intraining is pleased to announce that it is seeking to recruit a new Regional Director for its Employment Related Services division. This role will take responsibility for a range of welfare to work contracts, such as the Work Programme, Foundation Learning and Work Skills Programme across the South, East of England and East Midlands. Intraining is currently seeking applicants and any interested parties should apply online via the website –


POST BASED: Home Based - South

Listings of the week


London Skills and Employment Convention, 29 May 2012, Church House Conference Centre, London

Fees range from £206 – £375 +VAT

You can book online or complete a booking form

*Programme now available*

Follow the event on Twitter at: #EmploySkillsLondon

One London: Localising delivery in a new economic and social reality

Announcing speakers:

  • Grant Hearn,Chair, The Employment and Skills Working Group, London Enterprise Panel
  • Cllr Steve Reed,Leader Lambeth Council
  • Ian Ashman, Chair,Association of Colleges
  • Bharat Mehta OBE,Chief Executive, Trust for London
  • Louise Duncan,Chair of the London Work Programme Primes Group
  • Jeremy Crook,Chief Executive, BTEG
  • Richard Clifton,Director of Business Development, Careers Development Group
  • David Massey,Policy Advisor, UKCES
  • Mary Vine-Morris,Director Young People and Skills, London Councils
  • Representatives from the London Work Programme Prime contractors

About the event

London is the engine of the UK economy, but many are not benefitting. Around one in three Londoners are out of work. London has the highest level of income inequality in the UK and more children living in poverty than anywhere else in Europe. In conjunction with this, we have now entered a new economic and social reality where growth is subdued and austerity and cuts prevail. London’s Employment and Skills Convention, (less than a month after the Mayoral election), will bring together employers, delivery agencies, policy makers and organisations representing Londoners under one roof to discuss London’s challenges and opportunities in light of the prevailing challenges.

This Convention offers a unique chance to: understand the latest policy and delivery developments in London; identify the growth opportunities; share ideas and come together to discuss how best to help all Londoners into sustainable jobs and to improve their skills, so that they too can share in London’s growth.

The London Skills and Employment Observatory and Inclusion will be working in partnership on the Convention programme. More details will be published shortly


  • Local perspectives on jobs and growth
  • Provision working locally
  • From riots to social inclusion
  • London’s future
  • Skills and advancement

Who should attend?

In conjunction with the London Skills and Employment Observatory, this event brings together people who commission, design and deliver employment and skills services in the capital. It is a unique opportunity to find out the latest developments in London, share ideas and information and determine how to deliver more for less.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities now open. To download the 2012 sponsorship and exhibition brochure click here or email Mintra Sadler

Book now to take advantage of the early bird delegate fees 


Motivate your client group so they secure sustained employment

AdvanceW2W has launched a new e-learning course introducing the core concepts and practices of motivational interviewing tailored to personal advisors working in the employment related services sector.

This course will show you how too…

  • Assess a clients motivation and readiness for change
  • Select appropriate interventions for an indiviudals progression
  • Gain long-term change rather than short term compliance
  • Build commitment and ownership
  • Empower your clients
  • Minimise resistance and maximise motivation during interviews

As with all AdvanceW2W courses, the theoretical background, real-life scenarios, practical tools, checklists and best practices are all available.  For a 24 hour complimentary preview please email:  contact [at] AdvanceW2W [dot] org [dot] uk