Review ordered into job support scheme which failed to launch twice

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The Welsh Government has ordered a review of Job Support Wales – a £500million programme to support people into work – which failed to launch for a second time.

Job Support Wales would have replaced the redundancy programme ReAct as well as Jobs Growth Wales.

A “lessons learned” exercise was undertaken after the scheme failed to originally launch. A £617million contract to deliver Job Support Wales was finalised in December 2018 but was dropped following a legal challenge by a second bidder. This happened again in December 2019, with the contract reduced to £500million.

Shadow Economy Minister, Russell George AM (Con, Montgomery), expressed disappointment, saying: “This is unacceptable and it would be disappointing were a second lessons learnt exercise be required, but it really shouldn’t be a case of third time lucky for a procurement process – the total cost of which is unknown – for such an important programme.”