Work-Focused Interviews for Partners (WFIP) and enhanced New Deal for Partners (NDP): Quantitative Impact Assessment

Richard Dorsett, Getinet Haile, Stefan Speckesser

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract

Work Focused Interviews for Partners (WFIPs) were introduced in April 2004 in all Jobcentre Plus offices. Partners of those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Income Support (IS), Incapacity Benefit (IB) or Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA) are now required to attend a single interview to discuss the possibility of working.

An important role of a WFIP is to promote the New Deal for Partners (NDP). This has existed in some form since 1999 but was enhanced at the same time WFIPs were introduced, having been re-modelled along the lines of the New Deal for Lone Parents. This is a voluntary programme offering a range of support to help partners consider taking up employment. Eligibility is similar to that for WFIP except that those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance are also eligible. It is available in both Jobcentre Plus and non-Jobcentre Plus areas.
This report presents the results of a quantitative evaluation
n of the impact of WFIP and NDP. Specifically, it is concerned with the extent to which WFIP influences participation in NDP and the extent to which WFIP and NDP affect labour market outcomes. The outcomes considered are benefit receipt and employment.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameResearch Report
PublisherDepartment for Work and Pensions
No.352

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