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Work Programme referrals halved in a year

Thu, 08/11/2012 - 11:58 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions has released figures that show the number of referrals to the Work Programme has halved in the last year.

Up to July 2012 878,000 people had been referred by Jobcentre Plus to the Programme, with 100,000 in July 2011 alone.

But by this July that number had fallen to less than 49,000.

The Employment Related Services Association pointed to fewer people being referred who had previously been Incapacity Benefit claimants but had been assessed and found capable of work, and put on employment support allowance.

More than a third of IB claimants fit for work - DWP

Tue, 06/11/2012 - 17:43 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions has released figures showing that more than a third of Incapacity Benefit claimants who have been through reassessment have been found capable of some form of work.

Of the 139,200 people reassessed between December 2011 and February 2012, 36% were found fit for work and will get help to move into employment through Jobcentre Plus and the Work Programme.

Reviewer of fitness-to-work benefit tests to stand down

Mon, 30/07/2012 - 14:29 -- nick

The man in charge of reviewing the government's controversial fitness-to-work benefit assessments is to stand down, the BBC's Panorama has learned.

Professor Malcolm Harrington has called for a big overhaul of the process of testing claimants' ability to work to make it more "fair and humane".

He said ministers wanted a "fresh set of eyes" - but denied this was because of changes he had asked for.

Officials said he had only been recruited for a limited period.

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