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Work and Pensions Committee Publications

Work and Pensions - Sixth Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 22 October 2003.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction



2 Background

Structural Funds

Financial allocation

3 European Social Fund

Policy Field 1: Active labour market policies

Policy Field 2: Equal opportunities for all and promoting social inclusion

Policy Field 3: Lifelong learning

Policy Field 4: Adaptability and entrepreneurship

Policy Field 5: Improving the participation of women in the labour market

4 Administrative structure

Role of mainstream sector and voluntary and community sector

5 Concepts

Programmes and Projects


Direct bidding and co-financing organisations

6 Issues

Relative merits of direct bidding and co-financing


Notional match-funding and the shrinkage of the community and voluntary sector

Process for deciding funding applications

Successful projects

Rejected projects


Bureaucracy surrounding claims and financial monitoring

Easing the administrative burden on service providers

Cash flow problems

Monitoring outcomes and Inspections

Feedback and accountability

7 Community Initiative: Equal

8 Post 2006

9 Conclusion

Conclusions and Recommendations

Formal Minutes



Wednesday 7 May 2003

Wednesday 21 May 2003

Wednesday 25 June 2003

List of Written Evidence

Written Evidence

Reports from the Work and Pensions Committee since 2001

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