A mid-term review of third sector involvement in the Work Programme

DAMM, Christopher (2014). A mid-term review of third sector involvement in the Work Programme. Voluntary Sector Review, 5 (1), 97-116.

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The Work Programme is the coalition government's flagship employment programme. Since its conception, it has emerged as a critical case in debates concerning the third sector's involvement in commissioned public services. After over two and a half years of delivery, this article reconsiders the concerns raised by elements of the third sector prior to the programme's launch. Drawing on a range of published research findings and documentary evidence, it considers three main areas of debate: whether third sector organisations have been squeezed out of provision, whether they have been mistreated when working as subcontractors, and whether the programme has proved successful for their client base. It concludes by reflecting on the third sector's role in the Work Programme, and government-funded quasi-markets more generally.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1332/204080514X13921367480976
Page Range: 97-116
Depositing User: Louise South
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 14:50
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 15:49
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11321

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