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Unemployed people leaving the Work Programme (the Government’s main welfare-to-work scheme) are required to participate in a new scheme, Help to Work, from April 2014.

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants who have not secured lasting employment after two years on the Work Programme will be referred to one of three options:

• Daily work search reviews – claimants attend the jobcentre daily;

• Community Work Placements – claimants undertake work placements of benefit to the local community;

• Mandatory Intervention Regime – claimants receive more intensive support from Jobcentre Plus advisers, aimed at addressing individuals’ specific barriers to work with greater flexibility as to the types of support offered.

This note discusses how the scheme is being delivered and how it works for claimants. It also looks at the evidence from a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) trailblazer scheme which informed the measures in Help to Work.

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