07.10.11

Providers Prevented From Publishing Own Work Programme Data

Charities and other providers involved in delivering the Work Programme are not being allowed to publish any figures on how well their own schemes are doing, having signed contracts with the Department of Work and Pensions which prevent them from doing so.

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, defended the the DWP’s position:

“The Work Programme is at an early stage in its delivery. I think the Department wants to control information around it tightly. If there are teething issues, we want to manage those issues tightly without lots of noise,” he said.

Commenting on the situation, newspaper columnist Polly Toynbee said she was aware of the DWP’s restriction on publishing the data.

“Charities are not employees of the Government; they are independent. They should never sign a contract that says they can’t release the figures. They should always be transparent,” she said.

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