Since October 2009, Carley Consult has been working with DWP to develop it’s new Merlin standard. Merlin is aimed to help evolve successful, high performing supply chains, and champion positive behaviours and relationships between prime contractors of DWP provisions and their subcontractors. The first phase of this project has involved working with DWP, representative bodies and provider’s themselves to determine what the criteria of the Merlin standard should be. This has culminated in the publication of the draft Merlin standard on the DWP website, which can be accessed through the link below. The next stage of pilot activity will involve a trial of first phase assessments of fND Phase 1 prime providers, which  is expected to take place from March 2010. More news on Merlin will appear both on our website, as well as DWP’s, as the pilot initiative moves ahead. If you would like to ask Carley Consult any questions about Merlin, please get in touch through our contacts page, or alternatively you can contact DWP directly by e-mailing merlin.feedback@dwp.gov.uk http://www.dwp.gov.uk/supplying-dwp/what-we-buy/welfare-to-work-services/subcontractingwithdwp.shtml