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.”

 

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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?

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