02.06.09

Flexible New Deal: Likely Prime Contractors Announced

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced the winning bidders for the role of prime contractors under its £2 billion Flexible New Deal welfare-to-work programme aimed at getting the long-term jobless back into work.

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced the winning bidders for the role of prime contractors under its £2 billion Flexible New Deal welfare-to-work programme aimed at getting the long-term jobless back into work.

The contracting process was put ‘on hold’ just before the end of last year as UK unemployment numbers started to soar and potential FND service deliverers threatened to withdraw unless the payment model and other aspects of the contracts were revised and more money put behind it.

The successful bidders include a mix of private companies and non-profit groups, including A4E, Working Links, Work Directions, Serco, Remploy, Seetec and the Dutch firm, Calder – the biggest welfare-to-work provider in the Netherlands - which wins its first UK contract. However, some familiar employment services providers - such as Shaw Trust – are not amongst the 13 organisations named by the DWP.

Final contracts with the successful bidders will be signed in July – and the service will come into effect in October. Each contract will run for five years and span areas with the most severe long-term unemployment. 

 

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