Employment schemes

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on employment schemes. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

16.05.2016The Troubled Families programme (England)
The Troubled Families programme works with families with multiple problems, such as unemployment, anti-social behaviour, truancy and mental health problems. It is operated at a local authority level on a payment-by-results model.
14.04.2016Help to Work: post-Work Programme provision for the long-term unemployed
Since April 2014, unemployed people leaving the Work Programme are required to participate in a new scheme, Help to Work.
14.04.2016Work Programme: background and statistics
The Work Programme is the Government's main welfare-to-work scheme, designed to tackle long-term unemployment in Great Britain.
14.04.2016New Enterprise Allowance
The New Enterprise Allowance is a government scheme designed to help unemployed people who want to start their own business.
22.03.2016'Access to Work' scheme for people with disabilities
This briefing paper explains the Access to Work scheme which provides practical advice and support to disabled people and their employers to help them overcome work-related obstacles resulting from disability. Prior a Westminster Hall debate, on Access to jobs for disabled people on 12/1/16 there will be a digital debate on 11/1/16 on Twitter on between 10-11am using the hashtag #Access2Jobs
16.03.2016Jobcentre Plus Flexible Support Fund
From April 2011 a number of schemes operated by Jobcentre Plus - including the Deprived Areas Fund, the Adviser Discretion Fund and the Travel to Interview Scheme - were abolished and replaced by the 'Flexible Support Fund' (FSF). The FSF gives Jobcentre Plus Districts greater freedom to tailor back to work support to individual and local need.
08.03.2016Apprenticeships policy, England
This note provides a summary of current apprenticeships policy and developments in England in 2015-16.
07.03.2016Constituency Casework: Training
This note provides Members of Parliament and their staff with information related to frequently asked questions from constituents about training.
10.02.2016The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
05.01.2016Apprenticeship statistics for England: 1996-2015
This note presents and analyses data on the number of people starting apprenticeships in England and statistics for Parliamentary Constituencies in England from 1996 to 2015.

Lords Library Notes

18.11.2015Scotland Bill (HL Bill 73 of 2015-16)
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Scotland Bill.
12.10.2015Availability and Quality of Apprenticeships, and the Spread of Apprenticeships across the Labour Market
This Library Note provides statistical information on apprenticeships, based on the most recent figures published by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). It then focusses on four key areas of recent government policy development in relation to apprenticeships: the announcement of a government target of three million new apprenticeships by the end of March 2020; the development of new apprenticeship standards


11.07.2012Assessing Capacity for Work
This briefing discusses the role of the Work Capability Assessment and its suitability as a gateway to benefit.
03.10.2011An Ageing Workforce
This POSTnote examines the main challenges to the participation and productivity of older people in the workforce.

Select Committee Reports

03.03.2010Management and Administration of Contracted Employment Programmes.
Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]
13.05.2009DWP's commissioning strategy and the flexible New Deal.
Government response. Department for Work and Pensions; Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]
25.02.2009DWP's commissioning strategy and the flexible New Deal.
Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House welcomes National Apprenticeship Week 2012, run by the National Apprenticeship Service, from 6 to 10 February 2012, which aims to raise the profile of apprenticeships ...
That this House believes that public procurement should be used to boost the number of British apprentices; notes that the Department forWork and Pensions' (DWP) new Apprenticeship ...
That this House is concerned at the ongoing programme of job cuts and office closures in the Jobcentre Plus network; notes that since May 2010 40 jobcentres and benefit processing offices ...
That this House regrets the proposed closure of some ofthe Skills Funding Agency's regional offices; opposes these closures and cutbacks which will lead to the loss of 430 jobs this ...
That this House notes with concern the Jobcentre Plus announcement of the closure of five contact centres at Caerphilly, Clydebank, Grimsby, Liverpool and Preston and 17 benefit processing ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses