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New report on the role of the voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in employment support programmes in London

The London Assembly Economy Committee has published a report on the role of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in employment support programmes.

The report, by the London Assembly Economy Committee, entitled: 'A Helping Hand: Enhancing the role of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in employment support programmes in London', highlights the ongoing challenge of effectively supporting those further from the labour market into work.

It explores the support that London’s VCSE organisations can offer, as well as the barriers that the sector faces in playing its full part in government employment programmes, including:

  • Financial pressures
  • Contracting arrangements
  • Concerns about the effectiveness of mandatory work placements
  • Gaps in sharing good practice

The report makes a number of recommendations to the Mayor, London Enterprise Panel and central government, including:

  • The Department for Work and Pensions should reform the payment-by-results model;
  • The Mayor and the London Enterprise Panel (LEP) should champion choice-based and voluntary approaches to work placements; and
  • The Mayor and the LEP should develop a shared good practice resource.

Download the report ‘A Helping Hand: Enhancing the role of voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations in employment support programmes in London’ (pdf 1.08MB)