Meanwhile, there's the business of new contracts. More scrutiny of the Work Programme proposals has raised another disconcerting fact. According to Chris Ball, Chief Executive of TAEN: "The emphasis will be on sustainability of jobs; proportions of fees will be paid after one, two and three years in the job – an idea meant to encourage providers to work much more closely with the employers in which clients have been placed. There will be downsides for providers compelled to wait for their money however." It might also be seen as a "downside" for the client who faces up to three years of ties to the provider.
On Friday Michael Gove will fire the starting gun for the "free schools" race. We know that several private companies, including Serco, have arranged with parents' groups to run these new schools, ensuring that this is, in effect, the beginning of the privatisation of our education system. It is unlikely that we will get a list of which companies are running which schools.