Pathways to Work (or ÔPathways') aims to support incapacity benefits customers in seeking work. It was piloted in three Jobcentre Plus districts in October 2003, with a further four districts implementing the scheme from April 2004. Initially,<br />
only those starting a new or repeat claim for incapacity benefits after these dates were obliged to participate in the programme. All new and repeat customers, other than those assessed as likely to find work within 12 months unassisted, or with severe health problems, were required to attend a series of Work Focused Interviews (WFIs) with Incapacity Benefit Personal Advisers. They were also offered a range of financial and non-financial support.<br />
Having piloted Pathways in seven Jobcentre Plus districts, it was decided to extend it nationwide in stages. This report provides the first evidence on the impact of Jobcentre Plus Pathways to Work on incapacity benefits receipt in the expansion districts, indicating the level of consistency in the effectiveness of Pathways across areas. It also considers the impact of Pathways on the receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) Ð something that was not examined in the original pilot areas.