Charities have a bigger role to play in welfare-to work-schemes, says NCVO

The way welfare-to-work schemes are designed and paid for needs a major overhaul, according to a report by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

The report argues that the Work Programme is not helping those with multiple or complex barriers, and voluntary organisations are well placed to provide support for those who are furthest from the labour market.

It calls for future welfare to work schemes to be commissioned, designed and monitored in a way that allows commissioners to fully utilise the skills and expertise within the voluntary sector.

Recommendations include a co-designed, locally-led service delivery approach based on smaller contracts and flexible payment models, including recognition of milestones towards employment.

Read more on the NCVO website.