Gareth Thomas (Harrow West, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will investigate reports that prime contractors to the Work programme are referring clients to volunteer centres without making payments to those centres; and if he will make a statement.
Chris Grayling (Minister of State (Employment), Work and Pensions; Epsom and Ewell, Conservative)
DWP hold contracts with prime providers, we do not therefore get involved in the arrangements between prime providers and other organisations. Those terms are a matter for the interested parties to agree.
While DWP encourages Work programme providers to forge strategic relationships with local partners, providers and their subcontractors should not be approaching voluntary organisations if they do not have an agreement with them.