When last week’s Coalition Programme was first unveiled, immediate attention was swayed by the headline grabbing changes to welfare to work programmes. On closer inspection, however, the small print of the Coalition Programme may have a few more surprises in store. Under the banner of “Government Transparency” the Coalition Programme states a commitment to full, online disclosure of all central government contracts over £25,000, and a new “right to data” through which government-held datasets can be requested by the public, and published on a regular basis. A potential consequence of this is that the specific values of welfare to work and work based learning contracts, alongside current contractual performance results of individual providers, could sit openly in the public domain. Traditionally, providers have relied on restrictions within the Freedom of Information Act to shield such details, on the grounds of protecting their commercial interests, but this may count for little in a climate of greater transparency. The Coalition Agreement also sets out an aspiration that 25% of government contracts should be awarded to small businesses, but it is hard to see this being achieved within welfare to work and work based learning, where prime contracting methodologies are increasingly favoured. Changes are also likely within the European Social Fund. Three Regional Development Agencies (London, The South East, and The East of England) all currently hold ESF co-financing status, and use ESF money to support welfare to work and vocational skills projects. With RDAs potentially set to be abolished, it is unclear whether the proposed alternative (Local Enterprise Partnerships) will continue to seek co-financing status, meaning that future ESF funding may be diverted elsewhere and current RDA ESF contracts being transferred to alternative homes. The Coalition Programme also sets out an interesting agenda on Social Action. For example, public sector workers will have the right to form employee owned co-operatives to bid to take over the services that they deliver. Taken literally, this could result in individual Job Centres or Connexions Centres being run in such a way. DWP’s Access to Work programme will also be reformed, enabling disabled people to apply for jobs with funding already secured for any adaptations and equipment that they may need. All in all, a lot more change still to come then!