Consultation outcome

How Work Programme statistics after June 2013 are presented

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

This document gives a summary of the feedback received from users of Work Programme official statistics as well as the response from DWP. The document includes ‘next steps’ which detail future changes to Work Programme statistics.

Original consultation


This consultation is about recommendations for improving the format and content of Work Programme official statistics publications.

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Consultation description

This consultation sought views on recommendations to improve the content and presentation of Work Programme official statistics. The recommendations include:

  • improving how we show sustainment payment information
  • adding information on how many people complete the programme

Views were also requested on the overall presentation and content and the breakdowns available in the current official statistics. This is the first consultation on these proposals.

Sustainment payments

Organisations that provide Work Programme places can be paid a Job Outcome payment for a participant after 3 or 6 months of continuous spells in employment. Following a Job Outcome payment, sustainment payments are paid for every subsequent 4 week period in continuous employment. The maximum number of sustainment payments payable depends on the participant’s payment group, which is based on their individual circumstances.


Work Programme official statistics after June 2013: content and presentation

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Published 23 August 2013
Last updated 3 September 2014 + show all updates
  1. Published response to consultation.
  2. First published.