In July 2015, the newly appointed House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee launched an Inquiry into the Department for Work and Pension’s contracted ‘welfare-to-work’ provision. The Department’s main contracts (Work Programme and Work Choice) will expire in 2017, and the DWP will begin a re-tendering process next year.
The Committee is exploring options for the future, with a particular focus on promoting a broader range of specialist provision, including through innovative or community-level approaches, and how to support people who have the most difficulty finding employment, such as young people with weak educational attainment, older people, ex-incapacity benefits claimants and people with mental health problems.
In particular, the Committee is interested in exploring possible recommendations for reform which:
reflect the contemporary labour market
address any deficiencies in the Work Programme
consider more personalised, innovative or community-level provision
support the hardest to help unemployed people.
The CIPD was invited to provide a submission to the Inquiry from Mark Field MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, following on from the publicity the CIPD received following its report Over-qualification and skills mismatch in the graduate labour market.
The CIPD focuses on the first point of the Inquiry – to reflect the contemporary labour market.