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Watch Panorama tonight - The Great Disability Scam?

Mon, 28/01/2013 - 16:50 -- nick

BBC1 is tonight broadcasting an episode of Panorama that looks at how the Work Programme is delivering for disabled people.

Using the testimony of whistleblowers, disabled jobseekers and others, it shows that there is a lack of respect for the unemployed in some delivery organisations, that those who are hardest to help have not been supported as expected, and reports on the findings of a survey of providers.

UnemployedNet on Work Programme figures

Tue, 27/11/2012 - 12:53 -- nick

UnemployedNet comments on today's Work Programme figures, which show that only 3.53% of those attending have gained jobs that lasted for at least six months against a target of 5.5%:

Today's figures show that the Work Programme is not working for unemployed people. The vast majority of unemployed people only want to get back in to work, and a well-functioning Work Programme is vital to support this.

Welfare-to-work programme misses job targets

Tue, 27/11/2012 - 12:19 -- nick

The government has today released figures showing its main welfare-to-work programme is missing its job targets.

Private companies and charities are paid to support unemployed people in to work through the Work Programme, but currently only 3.53% of those who go through it are getting sustained jobs, well below the 5.5% minimum target.

The figures cover the 13 months from June 2011 to July 2012, and show that of the 878,000 people who joined the programme, only 31,000 found a job for 6 months or more.

This is the key target of the programme.

Work Programme: more lose benefits than get permanent work

Mon, 26/11/2012 - 11:24 -- nick

Twice as many of those who go in to the Work Programme end up losing their benefits than getting permanent work.

The Programme is designed to help jobless people in to work, but one in ten loses their benefits after being sanctioned.

But fewer than one in twenty leaves to get a permanent job.

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.

Emma Harrison - I was 'bullied' out of A4e

Thu, 25/10/2012 - 13:23 -- nick

Emma Harrison, the former head of A4e, gave her first lengthy television interview since leaving the company on last night's Channel 4 News.

Harrison, who was also previously the coalition government's families tsar, is still the largest shareholder in A4e, and rose to public notoriety by paying herself £8.6million from her 100% government-funded company.

Charities face financial problems over Work Programme

Thu, 04/10/2012 - 15:12 -- nick

The Work Programme is not financially viable for the majority of charities, according to the excellent article below. The Guardian has found that seven out of every 10 charities that deliver Work Programme activities may have to pull out because they cannot afford to continue. The major issue is that most of the money received under their contracts is paid up to a year after they have provided their services. In the current climate of cuts to public funding many charities no longer have other money to fall back on, and it is only surprising that more are not struggling already.

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