Provider-led pathways to work: net impacts on employment and benefits

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Working Paper
Knight, Genevieve; Salis, Sergio; Francavilla, Francesca
Date of publication
1 February 2013
Working paper; 113
Employment, Disabled people, Mental health services, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This report presents an impact analysis of PL Pathways, a Provider-led model of Pathways to Work, an initiative aimed at improving labour market readiness and opportunities for people claiming benefits for health reasons, by providing tailored support to help them move into, or towards paid employment. To deliver PL Pathways, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) conducted a competitive tendering process and commissioned organisations to deliver the PL Pathways services in a set of Jobcentre Plus areas. The DWP used outcomes-based contracts to guide provider organisations towards delivering the desired results for people entering paid employment and sustaining jobs via the contract payments mechanism. In PL Pathways, following the initial Work Focused Interview (WFI) with Jobcentre Plus, customers were referred on to the local contracted provider, on a mandatory basis, to attend the further five WFIs at four week intervals (as long as they continued claiming incapacity benefits). In certain prescribed circumstances a WFI could be waived and the most severely ill and disabled were exempt from attending the five further WFIs. All new and existing customers who were waived or exempt or not part of the mandatory WFI process could participate voluntarily.

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