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Co-commissioning Flexible Support Fund

Job Centre Plus' Flexible Support Fund addresses gaps in employment support provision. London Councils is keen to explore how the type of support it funds can be improved by closer partnership working with local authorities. 

  • By JaneHarrison1

A range of work carried out by London government, including most prominently the London Growth Deal submission, has started to set out its offer to create a step change in reducing entrenched worklessness and broader dependency on public services through greater local design, leadership and integration of employment support services. One of the features of the Growth Deal was for Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and groups of London boroughs to work collectively to maximise the impact of the Flexible Support Fund through greater local involvement, identifying common investment priorities and highlighting gaps in provision. It was agreed that two London sub-regions would pilot co-commissioning of FSF in their areas. 

Read our guidance on how two areas in London approached this and the lessons learnt.