ERSA welcomes the government response to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee report on The Work Programme in Wales. ERSA gave evidence, alongside providers, to the Committee ahead of the report publication last year. 

The Government response which highlights data gathered by ERSA and employer engagement work ERSA is currently undertaking on a cross-border basis accepts many of the Select Committee’s recommendations while emphasising that Work Programme performance continues to improve across the UK. The response outlines that a cross-government working group has been established to consider the issue of restrictions on skills funding for those on the Work Programme in Wales. In addition the government refutes the Committees assertion that the Work Programme and the Jobs Growth Wales initiative are incompatible.

The government response: