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LGA briefing - new DWP programme for the unemployed

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is preparing to launch a new Work and Health Programme (WHP) for people with health conditions and disabilities and those unemployed for over two years. It will replace the current Work Programme (WP) and Work Choice contracts.

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The expectation is that it will become operational in every local area by February 2018. With a budget of £130 million per year, it represents a fifth of the size of its predecessor WP. Jobcentre Plus will support all other JSA claimants up to their eligibility on WHP. The DWP is working bilaterally with nine devolution deal areas to decide how WHP works in their areas. For all other areas across England and Wales, a ‘national offer’ will apply. DWP is now rolling out a procurement exercise for WHP. It is keen to capture the expertise and knowledge of councils, which we know is so vital for delivering effective employment support.

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