RR 823 Evaluation of Mandatory Work Activity
Mandatory Work Activity was launched in May 2011 and is targeted at a small group of claimants and referral to MWA is at Jobcentre Plus Adviser discretion. MWA is a work placement of 30 hours a week lasting for four weeks. The placements are sourced by contracted providers in organisations/institutions that deliver a community benefit.
The aim of MWA is to move claimants closer to work through:
The latest official statistics on Mandatory Work Activity were published on the 14th November which report 90,470 referrals and 33,170 starts for the period May 2011 to August 2012. http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/pwp/mwa_aug12.pdf
This research complements the impact assessment of Mandatory Work Activity published in June 2012: http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/adhoc_analysis/2012/early_impacts_mwa.pdf
The research has found that MWA has an impact on participantsí proximity to the labour market via an impact on a range of soft outcomes. The research report also identifies a number of challenges in service delivery and makes recommendations, many of which DWP have already addressed through continuous improvement activity.
December 2012 169 pages 297x210mm