The Merlin Standard need more ‘teeth', MPs warn DWP


The Work and Pensions Select Committee has instructed the DWP to ensure "robust sanctions" are inserted into the Merlin Standard governing supply chain deals between contractors and subcontractors on the Work Programme. This was in response to the concerns of Civil Society organisations.

Over the past few months, MP's on the Committee have been scrutinising the Work Programme arrangement. They have heard evidence and representations from charities and private-sector providers, and this week published their conclusions.  The Committee are concerned that the Merlin Standard ‘lacks teeth',"We recommend that DWP establishes robust sanctioning arrangements and takes steps to make the Merlin compliance measures more precise and objective.  DWP must also demonstrate how the arbitration process will be truly independent and impartial." 

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