On 30 January 2017, the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions announced the devolution of the new Work and Health Programme in London, to be commissioned through four sub-regional contracts.

The £14 million South London Partnership programme  –  known as Better Working Futures – is being delivered by Reed in Partnership (see press release).

Starting in March 2018 and running until 2023, it will support people who have been out of work for over 2 years, have health problems or disabilities or face other kinds of barriers to employment.

Participants will receive one to one advice and support from a case worker, and guidance towards training and other services that can assist them to address the often complex barriers they face to getting into and retaining work.

To find out more about the programme, visit the dedicated website:  www.bwfsouthlondon.co.uk .

Through devolution we are able to:

  • increase the total value of the programme in our area, by match-funding the DWP contribution with £6.69 million ESF funding;
  • secure integration of the Work and Health Programme with other services and offers locally; and
  • build in incentives to supporting people into sustainable employment at London Living Wage rates.

Croydon is the accountable body for the SLP Work and Health Programme.  Any queries about the programme oversight should be addressed to the Contract Manager, Kate Apted at  kate.apted@croydon.gov.uk .