Welfare to work devolution in England

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The report finds that:
• In other countries, the devolution of welfare to work spurred local actors
to integrate the delivery of employment, training and other services and
to improve performance.
• Devolution of the Work Programme (WP) and other welfare to work
services should be tailored to local governance capacity and should be an
explicit aim of City and Growth Deals, rather than a tacit local objective.
• There should be further devolution of the working relationship between
Jobcentres and local government and more coherent partnership
agreements to help facilitate integrated service delivery.
• Central accountability and greater local control can be aligned through
negotiated agreements, performance reporting systems, and the
incentives and sanctions embedded in conditional central funding such as
block grants and black box contracts.
• Variation in service delivery should be accommodated but welfare to
work devolution must be underpinned by transparent national minimum
standards, especially where participation is mandatory.
• Performance requirements should help shape devolution in ways that
are likely to contribute to poverty reduction, and future welfare to work
provision should reward job
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork
PublisherJoseph Rowntree Foundation
Number of pages91
ISBN (Electronic)9781909586666
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


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