Commenting on the publication of the first official statistics on the performance of the Work Programme, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said:
“Most people leave JSA and get back into work very quickly. The work programme is meant to help those who face greater challenges getting into work, and on this it is clearly failing.
“These results are grim for people desperately hoping to move into work. The danger is that this becomes yet another top down bureaucratic programme that promises much, but delivers little.
“Long term unemployment scars people and the government has to realise that schemes to get people jumping through hoops don’t do much good if the jobs aren’t there.
"It is a tremendously important lesson ahead of the Universal Credit, which will also not succeed if there are not enough jobs for people to take up. Without a successfully strategy for growth and more support tailored around what people need, the work programme and universal credit may end helping no one except the big companies being paid out of the public purse but failing to deliver what was promised.”
Notes to Editors
- Work programme providers only managed to get 3.5% of referred claimants into work for 6 months or more, underperforming against an agreed target of 5.5%.
- CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
- CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty, which has over 150 member organisations and is campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.
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