DWP’s contracted welfare-to-work provision: Gingerbread’s response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee

Published on 18 August 2015


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.

Key findings

  • Data on single parents should be reported and visible in DWP’s quarterly statistics summaries
  • Payment structures should recognise that single parents have specific challenges on work and care; and progression payments should be part of the payment structure where ‘movement towards work readiness’ is recognised as a key milestone
  • Funding provision needs to enable personalised support to be genuinely available
  • Providers should be incentivised to support single parents into training and secure employment