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Three-quarters of unemployed on Work Programme have not got work

Thu, 20/06/2013 - 16:35 -- nick

Three-quarters of those who have been sent on the Work Programme have still not found work.

According to figures released today by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the trade body for Work Programme providers, 1.2 million long-term unemployed people have accessed the programme but only 321,000 found work by the end of March 2013.

Work Programme 'parking' hard-to-help - MPs

Tue, 21/05/2013 - 13:02 -- nick

The Work Programme is 'parking' hard-to-help clients, a committee of MPs has found.

Parking means providing the bare minimum of support to those deemed unlikely to find work due to having personal barriers.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee believes that the higher payments provided to work with hard-to-help clients - including lone parents, older people, those with illnesses and homeless people - are not working.

Work Programme can't work where there are few jobs

Tue, 21/05/2013 - 12:12 -- nick

The Work Programme cannot work in an area where there are few jobs.

According to The Guardian's Amelia Gentleman, who has spent time with a Work Programme provider in Hull, this high-unemployment area will never meet its targets when 55 people chase every job.

Speaking to frontline advisers, Gentleman found that those people who used to get Incapacity Benefit but have been passed fit to work and put on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by Atos regularly are not fit at all.

One adviser told her:

Work Programme payment model not working

Mon, 15/04/2013 - 12:13 -- nick

Work Programme providers do not receive enough money to deliver vital support to their unemployed clients, a report has found.

Companies that provide the Programme are paid a small amount when a jobseeker joins them, but only receive major payments when the clients has been found work and when they have stayed in work for a period.

Charities being bullied off Work Programme - DWP

Thu, 28/02/2013 - 12:32 -- nick

DWP has claimed that charities are being intimidated into leaving the government's Work Programme by online activists.

This comes in the wake of Sue Ryder, the care and hospice provider, exiting the Programme's Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) scheme on Monday.

It had previously included 1,000 unemployed people among its 'volunteers', but released a statement which said:

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%.

Oakley defends mandatory work programmes

Wed, 13/02/2013 - 13:05 -- nick

Matthew Oakley, the head of enterprise, growth and social policy at Policy Exchange - the conservative think tank - has written in defence of mandatory work programmes in today's Guardian.

He believes that these schemes "offer huge benefits to benefit claimants", putting the case for work experience while lacking understanding of the harm that making it compulsory does to those already low on confidence.

The article is light on statistics, unsurprising when the Work Programme is currently supporting just 3.5% of its clients in to sustained work.

Work Programme advisers 'pushing jobless into self-employment'

Mon, 04/02/2013 - 12:04 -- nick

Work Programme advisers are advising some unemployed people to register as self-employed even where they have no viable business, a BBC investigation has found.

Advisers encouraged the move to allow their clients to claim more working tax credits, and to enable their companies to claim payments.

The organisation that represents Work Programme providers denied that they had incentives to move people to self-employment.

Producer's blog on Panorama - The Great Disability Scam?

Tue, 29/01/2013 - 13:30 -- nick

Kate Ansell, the producer of Panorama - The Great Disability Scam?, has written a blog on her experiences of making the programme.

As a disabled person herself, Kate is clear on how important work is for disabled people, but equally clear that the Work Programme in its current form is not delivering for them.

Read Kate's blog here



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