Shaw Trust will deliver more than half of Work Choice scheme

Department for Work and Pensions approves charity's bid for bulk of employment programme to help disabled people

The Shaw Trust has received confirmation that it will be given contracts to deliver more than half of the government's Work Choice programme, designed to get disabled people into work.

The Wiltshire-based organisation, which is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of employment services for disabled people, was named before the election by the Department for Work and Pensions as its preferred bidder in 16 of the programme’s 28 geographical areas.

The trust had been waiting to hear whether the coalition administration would act on the decision.

Work Choice, due to start in October, replaces specialist disability employment programmes Workstep, Work Preparation and the Job Introduction Scheme, and pays providers to get disabled people into work. The contract will more than triple the number of people the Shaw Trust works with, from about 3,000 to more than 9,000.

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