NCVO: Rehabilitation reform must not repeat mistakes of Work Programme
Ben Kernighan, deputy chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said today:
"The government recognises the benefits that could come from involving charities in rehabilitation services. Specialist charities, many involving dedicated volunteers, can make all the difference to the lives of people leaving prison and help reduce reoffending.
"However, under its most significant public service reform so far, the Work Programme, many charities have found themselves squeezed out by large commercial providers. In the interests of helping ex-offenders who could benefit from charities’ expertise, the government must ensure the mistakes of the Work Programme are not repeated.
"Contracts must be accessible to smaller, local charities, most of which have been shut out by the very large scale of contracts and unrealistic requirements for the amount of capital providers must hold in the Work Programme.’