Another Department for Work and Pensions failure?

More than two thirds of people on the government’s controversial Work Programme are still without a job after two years on the scheme, according to new figures.

More than two thirds of people on the government’s controversial Work Programme are still without a job after two years on the scheme, according to new figures.

This means that as many as 477,480 people have returned to Jobcentre Plus after two years on the programme, despite the fact the programme has cost taxpayers £5 billion.

The Work Programme is a welfare-to-work scheme which pays public and private providers to get people who have been in long-term unemployment into work.

But the scheme has come under a lot of criticism. In March a leaked report revealed that half of the providers had described the scheme as ineffective. A quarter of providers called it “very ineffective”, whereas 22 per cent called it “somewhat ineffective”.

The Work Programme is yet another controversial scheme, which has met with very limited success from the Department for Work and Pensions. In April it launched its “Help to Work” programme, even though its own test pilot showed it to have basically no positive effect. Only 19 per cent of people on the scheme ended up in employment – compared to 18 per cent in the control group.

Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Employment, said: “These figures show the Work Programme is failing.

“More people have returned to the job centre than have got a job.

“A Labour government will introduce a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to ensure nobody stays on benefits for more than two years.”

 

22 Responses to “Another Department for Work and Pensions failure?”

  1. Trispw

    Everything that man and his ghastly team touches turns to dust.

    The next thing is they will stop paying benefits altogether

  2. LB

    So over the last 20 years, mostly Labour and some Tory, the state’s spent 2,260 bn pounds (today’s value of money) fighting poverty.

    No evidence what so ever that its worked, and plenty its made it worse

    The worlds most expensive experiment has failed.

  3. LB

    Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour

    (1) A person (“P”) commits an offence if—

    (a) P holds another person in slavery or servitude and the circumstances

    are such that P knows or ought to know that the person is held in

    slavery or servitude, or

    (b) P requires another person to perform forced or compulsory labour and

    the circumstances are such that P knows or ought to know that the

    person is being required to perform forced or compulsory labour.

    (2) In subsection (1) the references to holding a person in slavery or servitude or

    requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour are to be construed

    in accordance with Article 4 of the Human Rights Convention.

    ================

    Hmmm, Compulsory Jobs Guarantee is forced Labour.

    There you go. Ed Milliband. Slave master.

  4. TimRegency

    You know what I find quite disgusting, apart from the expense to failure ratio?

    I know many disabled people who are incredibly talented and have many great ideas for making life better for other people. Yet the ghastly IDS is in this job and they are not.

  5. LB

    Then there is the pensions scam. The biggest fraud going.

    Why doesn’t the DWP report how much it owes people for pensions, for their past contributions?

    See section 2, 2006 Fraud act for the offence.

    So just like Thatcher splashing the oil cash. the DWP and the welfare state have splashed everyone’s pension money.

    There’s no failure of capitalism, they have no capital. Just the debts. And those debts are massive. Too big to pay.

    So for the disabled posters here. Do you think you will be paid, and pensions receive nothing?

  6. Leon Wolfeson

    And why are you any better? Oh right, you’re not. You’re worse.
    Well done.

  7. Leon Wolfeson

    No evidence? Oh right, some people are still poor. And you haven’t got to make profit off their deaths. Yes, be very unhappy!

  8. Leon Wolfeson

    Yes, there’s your attempt to create a scam. Well done.
    Thanks for admitting you should be in jail, as you blame others for your attempts, and you keep calling for genocide of the poor.

  9. Leon Wolfeson

    …Labour have given them the justification for time-limiting JSA now.

  10. Leon Wolfeson

    And when that’s axed, and people are left with nothing? Yea. Not to mention it’ll be a major wage deflator, since it’ll just attract minimum-wage jobs where previously they’d have had to have paid more.

  11. LB

    I picked dah cotton massa! May I get mah cornbread now massa?

  12. LB

    They are going to get poorer. At the same time the debts have gone up by 7 trillion.

    So its a mess.

    Welfare state is a mess. No capital, and all the debts.

  13. Leon Wolfeson

    Thanks for showing your attitude towards the poor, yes.

  14. Leon Wolfeson

    Keep demanding that your demands be the truth, as you make people poorer, yes. You can’t pay tax, after all, since you’ve got the cash!

  15. LB

    No one’s got the cash.

    The state took it, and spent it.

    That leaves the debts.

    Which bit of that don’t you understand?

    You’re constant response is to this being pointed out is to accuse whoever it is of being a criminal.

    Perhaps you’re in on the fraud. Do you work for the state?

  16. Leon Wolfeson

    You keep projecting your desires, criminal ones. This is quite simple. You’re no more than a common ripoff artist and politician.

    And no, I don’t work for you, MP.

  17. Liam Fairley

    How’s the weather on your planet?

  18. Leon Wolfeson

    It’s just fine, here on Earth, LB.

    Posted with the wrong account I see. The game’s up.

  19. sarntcrip

    THE FIGURES SHOW UNDER THE TORIES GAP BETWEEN THE WEALTHIEST 2% WHOOWN /CONTROL EVERYTHING, AND THE REST WIDENS AT IT’S FASTEST THAT IS A FACT

  20. sarntcrip

    THE WELFARE STATE IS ON LY A MESS ACCORDING TO THOSE WHO ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO NEVER HAVE TO RELY UPON IT FOR INCOME DUE TO LONG-TERM ILLNESS, DISABILITY OR UNEMPLOYMENT THE SMUG COMFY RE QUICK TO CRITICISE UNLESS SUDDENLY MISFORTUNE STRIKES THEM

  21. LB

    1. They don’t control everything. Very little in reality. It’s the politicians.

    2. The wealth gap has increased. So rather than moan, starting thinking.

    What are the rich doing that the poor aren’t? Simple question never asked by the left.

    The people who are getting richer are those that spend less money than the money coming in, and invest the surplus. Applies to rich or poor. That’s the fact.

    So you need to ask, why aren’t the poor saving?

    1. They have no surplus. Primary cause is low wages and taxation. The last is the biggie, the first is caused mainly by migration (government’s choice, and globalisation for tradeable jobs)

    2. They are saving. They are paying lots of NI for their pension. The problem is the state spends it leaving a debt.

    3. Their share of the states debts. 300K per tax payer. Median tax payer – 26K a year. Try getting a mortgage 12 times your earnings.

    That’s pretty much the truth of why the poor aren’t doing as well as the rich. The root cause is the state screwing them.

  22. LB

    Nope. It’s in a mess because it has no assets, and it owes 7,100 bn,

    The result is shit, and I’m in complete agreement there. However, you haven’t seen the start of it. The real result is truly dire. Far worse than Greece.

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