The Work Programme, the government's flagship welfare to work initiative, introduced large, long payment-by-results contracts for providers that have complete autonomy as to how they support participants. So what do we know about whether this 'black box' for provision has stimulated innovation?
Nesta Guest 2
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
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The single largest new measure in this week's Budget (aside from capital investments) was an allowance of up to £2,000 per year to offset the costs of employment for all businesses and charities. We know that entrepreneurial small businesses are set to drive growth in coming years, so is this the boost they need to take the risk and create new jobs?
Nesta Guest 2
Friday, 22 March 2013
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The (low end of) the labour market system

The following is a guest blog from Paul Bivand of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion: We have estimated the size of the employability sector at £5 billion a year. How did we reach this total? The easy answer is saying Annual Accounts. However, this begs the question of which Accounts.
Nesta Guest 1
Monday, 29 October 2012
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Making It Work

Making it Work

There is a lot of evidence on the extent of innovation in labour market programmes prior to the coalition governments' launch of the Work Programme. The Labour Government began 13 years of wide-scale experimentation in labour market programme design with the launch of the New Deal programmes in 1997, focused on lone parents, young people, disabled people and long-term unemployed people. These were followed by a plethora of pilots to develop and test innovative ideas.
Jo Casebourne
Monday, 8 October 2012
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