Consortium with almost 900 charity members to bid for prime role in Work Programme

Group led by 3SC and including Groundwork UK, the National Housing Federation and the Shaw Trust to bid for DWP work

A consortium of charities will bid for a role as a prime contractor in the Work Programme, the employment programme provided by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The group is led by 3SC, a bidding consortium that has almost 900 charity members. The other major partners involved in the bid are Groundwork UK, the umbrella body for environmental regeneration charities, the National Housing Federation, the umbrella body for housing associations, and the Shaw Trust, which specialises in finding employment for disabled people.

"We are fielding a strong consortia approach with other lead organisations to enable us to get as much funding to the front line in the most straightforward way," said Michael O’Toole, chief executive of 3SC.

He said that 3SC had strengthened its offer to make it easier to meet the "challenging financial arrangements of the new contracting environment".

3SC and Groundwork UK have previously said that because the Work Programme uses a payment-by-results system any third sector bidder would need to develop finance to cover cash-flow difficulties.

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