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INFORMATION ON BUILDING ON

NEW DEAL Probation


PURPOSE
• To inform areas about the new arrangements being developed by the
Circular
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)/Jobcentre Plus for those who REFERENCE NO:
are hardest to help, including offenders, to return to the labour market. 46/2004
• To invite areas to a workshop to consider the implications of the
proposed arrangements on the delivery of employment and training ISSUE DATE:
interventions. 5 August 2004

ACTION IMPLEMENTATION DATE:


• Chief Officers are asked to ensure that all relevant staff are made aware
Immediate
of the contents of this circular.
• Areas should positively support requests to enter local partnership
EXPIRY DATE:
arrangements with Jobcentre Plus in particular if a prototype scheme is
July 2009
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. TO:
Chairs of Probation Boards
SUMMARY Chief Officers of Probation
“Building on New Deal (BoND): Local solutions meeting individual needs” is Secretaries of Probation Boards
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 CC:
Pensions has to test new approaches and develop new procedures to Board Treasurers
support a more flexible approach to those who are hardest to help. This Regional Managers
circular summarises the implications for probation areas.
AUTHORISED BY:
RELEVANT PREVIOUS PROBATION CIRCULARS Martin Copsey, Head of
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Community Reintegration

CONTACT FOR ENQUIRIES


ATTACHED:
Len Cheston/Marcus Smart, Community Reintegration Team
Appendix 1 (included in Word file)
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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