Research and analysis

Work Programme evaluation: 'day one mandation' of prison leavers

This research reports on how the policy of referring prison leavers directly to the Work Programme is operating.



Since March 2012 prison leavers who make an advance claim to Jobseeker’s Allowance before release, or within 13 weeks of being released, have been referred directly to the Work Programme to receive employment support. This is known as ‘day one mandation’.

The report covers:

  • participants’ experiences of making advance benefit claims whilst in prison
  • participants’ experiences of Work Programme support
  • staff perspectives on operating day one mandation

The research will be used to inform the design of future employment support for prison leavers via the Work Programme, Universal Credit and the Transforming Rehabilitation programme.

Lead Author: Anitha George (National Institute for Economic and Social Research)

Published 18 December 2014