The abject failure of the Work Programme


Official figures from the DWP show just how big a failure the government’s Work Programme has been.

Only 3.56% of claimants on the scheme have got jobs lasting at least six months, the key performance indicator. This is well below the 5.5% target set by the government for providers, and below even the 5% ‘deadweight’ figure – the proportion of people the DWP estimates would have got a six-month job without any assistance.

See Graph 1:


And the proportion of claimants going months without a job outcmome is above 90 per cent, as Graph 2 shows:

We will have more on the figures and the implications of the Work Programme’s failure later on Left Foot Forward.

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