progress2work-LinkUP and Welfare Reform Drug Recovery Pilot
In light of the Government's commitment to implement the new Work Programme in the first half of 2011, the tender round competition for progress2work-LinkUP and, as notified previously, Welfare Reform Drug Recovery Pilot will no longer go ahead.
The Work Programme will be an integrated package of support for benefit customers who are out of work, based on their individual needs, not the benefit they claim.
Once the Work Programme is implemented it will supersede many of the national programmes currently on offer and as such these will need to be phased out. We will be putting in place transitional arrangements to ensure continuity of support to customers, which will result in changes to some existing contracts and that other support will not now be implemented as planned.
Ministers and DWP are considering whether employment support for the customers currently supported by progress2work and progress2workLinkUP (those disadvantaged by drug and alcohol misuse, offending background and homelessness) is best provided via the Work Programme (and if so, how) or whether, given the complex needs of many of these customers, they might be better served by separate specialist provision.
In the meantime DWP will enter into dialogue with existing contract holders to discuss transitional arrangements.
Many thanks to everyone who responded to our recent web notice regarding a possible 'speed dating' networking event. Unfortunately, responses indicated insufficient interest to guarantee a viable networking event that would meet the need of those who expressed an interest in attending, and as a result the decision has been taken not to go ahead with this. To facilitate networking, you are encouraged to refer to the list of successful organisations (below) by contract package area.
Pre Qualification Questionnaire
The first stage of the above competition has now come to a close and all organisations who submitted a Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ), both successful and unsuccessful, have been informed of the outcome by individual letter.
Organisations who have been successful at the PQQ stage have been issued the Invitation to Tender (ItT) instructions and documentation to submit formal bids for the second stage of the competition.
A table of successful organisations and details of the Contract Package Areas (CPAs) they have been Invited to Tender for can be accessed via the following link:
The attached link provides contact addresses of Organisations Invited to Tender:
- Organisation details (26KB)
We have published the following information so that potential sub-contractors and partners have the opportunity to understand the progress2work-LinkUP and Welfare Reform Drug Recovery Pilot in more detail: