Margaret Hodge

MPs criticise Work Programme failures again

Fri, 22/02/2013 - 12:57 -- nick

A committee of MPs has added to the widespread criticism of the government's Work Programme, describing it as "extremely poor".

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), responsible for ensuring the government gets value for its spending, reported that the Work Programme was currently getting only 3.6% of clients into sustained work, far below the target set by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of 11.9%.

MPs criticise Work Capability Assessment

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 12:03 -- nick

MPs on the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee have criticised the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), the test to find out whether disabled and long-term sick people are fit for work.

The committee found that successful appeals against WCA decisions were running at 38%, far in excess of the figure expected through human error.

The chair of the committee, Labour's Margaret Hodge, said the test was hurting the "most vulnerable" and accused the government of being "unduly complacent" in appearing to treat appeals as part of the process despite the anxiety they caused.

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