Gingerbread responded to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s Inquiry that focused on DWP’s contracted welfare-to-work provision in August 2015.
The Work Programme was performing poorly for many single parents who made up approximately eight percent of programme participants. With the number of single parents on the Work Programme expected to grow, the Work Programme needs significant reform.
The submission presents evidence of single parents’ participation on the Work Programme, support available and evaluation of that support. Recommendations are made for improvements in both policy and practice.