INFORMATION ON BUILDING ON NEW DEAL

PURPOSE
• To inform areas about the new arrangements being developed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)/Jobcentre Plus for those who are hardest to help, including offenders, to return to the labour market. To invite areas to a workshop to consider the implications of the proposed arrangements on the delivery of employment and training interventions.

Probation Circular
REFERENCE NO: 46/2004 ISSUE DATE: 5 August 2004 IMPLEMENTATION DATE: Immediate EXPIRY DATE: July 2009 TO: Chairs of Probation Boards Chief Officers of Probation Secretaries of Probation Boards CC: Board Treasurers Regional Managers AUTHORISED BY: Martin Copsey, Head of Community Reintegration ATTACHED: Appendix 1 (included in Word file)

ACTION
• • Chief Officers are asked to ensure that all relevant staff are made aware of the contents of this circular. Areas should positively support requests to enter local partnership arrangements with Jobcentre Plus in particular if a prototype scheme is being run in the area. Areas are also asked to send nominations to the invitation to attend the workshop to be held on 22 October 2004.

SUMMARY
“Building on New Deal (BoND): Local solutions meeting individual needs” is the Government’s strategy for the evolution of welfare to work policies and programmes. The report outlines the plan that the Department for Work and Pensions has to test new approaches and develop new procedures to support a more flexible approach to those who are hardest to help. This circular summarises the implications for probation areas.

RELEVANT PREVIOUS PROBATION CIRCULARS
PC17/2003 - Information on Progress2Work and Progress2Work-LinkUP

CONTACT FOR ENQUIRIES
Len Cheston/Marcus Smart, Community Reintegration Team Email: len.cheston@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk marcus.smart@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

National Probation Directorate
Horseferry House, Dean Ryle Street, London, SW1P 2AW General Enquiries: 020 7217 0659 Fax: 020 7217 0660

Enforcement, rehabilitation and public protection

1. Introduction
In June 2004, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) published its strategy for the future of back to work help, including the New Deal. The report is entitled “Building On New Deal: Local solutions meeting individual needs”. The report advocates increased flexibility for Jobcentre Plus staff to tailor services to meet individual need. It also recognises that a separate approach is needed for the most disadvantaged, including specialist help and a national strategy together with local delivery plans developed in consultation with other Government Departments. This has implications for Probation Areas. The NPD will be hosting a joint event with the DWP and Jobcentre Plus to explore the implications of Building on New Deal on the delivery of employment and training interventions to offenders by the NPS. The event will be held on the 22 October 2004, in London.

2. Building on New Deal
2.1 Key messages During 2004 the Department for Work and Pensions have been reviewing their New Deal policies and programmes. Their report indicates that New Deal has made a major contribution to helping people back into the labour market. The report outlines that the UK economy has near full employment, however pockets of deprivation exist and some groups, including offenders, are excluded from the labour market. These groups have not been able to benefit from New Deal and Jobcentre Plus have introduced a range of new initiatives such as Progress2Work for drug users and a smaller scale project called Progress2Work-LinkUP that includes unemployed offenders. A copy of Building on New Deal will be sent to areas’ link ETE Manager at the respective headquarters. Electronic copies of the report can be accessed from the DWP internet site at: www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/dwp/2004/buildingonnewdeal. 2.2 How will the new arrangement work? The report proposes that the most disadvantaged require a separate approach which includes more specialist help and very strong partnerships with other statutory and non-statutory agencies. It advocates a national strategy and local delivery plans developed in consultation with other Government Departments. 2.3 Governance issues Local District Managers from Jobcentre Plus will be expected to produce local plans in consultation with key stakeholders. NPS/NOMS are included in this group. JCP District Managers will have discretion to develop a local response to issues. 2.4 Timescales The plans are long-term with the first prototypes expected to begin in October 2005. However Jobcentre Plus will be identifying these areas by September 2004 to enable there to be 12 months planning time. NPD have asked that DWP notify us of the areas as soon as possible as the prototypes could affect local area investment decisions.

3. Implications for areas involved in the Prototype Districts
3.1 Joint case management Both NOMS/NPS and Jobcentre Plus will be promoting a case management approach. This will need to be a joined-up process. NPS and Jobcentre Plus have been working together to explore the implications of the new Generic Community Sentences, welfare benefits and welfare to work provisions. Further guidance will be issued to areas in the New Year. It will include some good practice examples where joint case management arrangements have been developed. The development of a potential joint case management approach is consistent with the work on case management being undertaken by the National Offender Management Service. 3.2 Implication for areas-management time These new arrangements may require areas to invest in a relationship with Jobcentre Plus. Many areas already do this work but there may a greater demand on NPS/NOMS managers’ time in these arrangements. No new resources have been allocated for this work for either the NPS or Jobcentre Plus.

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4. Publicising Building on New Deal
The NPD is planning a joint event with DWP and Jobcentre Plus to look at the implications of Building on New Deal. The event will be held on the 22nd October 2004 at the Kingsway Hall Hotel, Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5BZ. Each area has been allocated 2 places except the Metropolitan areas, which have 3 places. To reserve your place please complete the form attached as Appendix 1 and return it to Liam Carolan in the NPD Community Reintegration Team, Room 214, Horseferry House, Dean Ryle St, London SW1P 2AW or e-mail: liam.carolan@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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Appendix 1 NOMINATIONS FOR OFFENDER EMPLOYMENT CONFERENCE Date: 22nd October 2004 Venue: Kingsway Hall Hotel Great Queen St Covent Garden London WC2B 5BZ Nearest tube Holborn/Covent Garden Time: 10:0 - 4:00

Nominations. Each area has 2 nominations with the exception of metropolitan areas who have 3 places. Please provide an e-mail address Names;………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………..

Please return this form to Liam Carolan at Community Re-Integration Team, National Probation Directorate, Room 214 , Horseferry House, Dean Ryle St, London SW1P 2AW or e-mail liam.carolan@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Map and programme will be sent out nearer the time.

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