Work Programme has ‘promising’ start
Newly published data on the Work Programme has suggested that the scheme is having a positive long-term effect on unemployment numbers.
Following the launch of the Work Programme in June 2011, figures have shown that 24% of those joining the scheme in its first month completed at least three successive months without benefits payments.
Of those joining during this same period, 48% were shown to have had a break in their benefit claims.
Seven out of ten participants who had stopped their benefits during the scheme’s first ten weeks were still not claiming 13 weeks later.
The Work Programme aims to provide support for those at risk of long-term unemployment by paying private providers and voluntary job seeking organisations according to the achievement of sustained employment.
The Government has also published data that shows 17,100 18 to 24 year olds had started a job in since the launch of the Youth Contract in April.
Employment minister Chris Grayling said that the figures revealed a ‘promising start’ to the programme.
‘People I meet in the industry already say that performance is well ahead of where it was at the same stage with the Flexible New Deal from which it took over, and this data gives further encouragement,’ Grayling said.
Matthew Fell, CBI director for competitive markets, said: ‘The Work Programme seems to have made a promising start, but it’s still far too early to tell how the programme is performing overall. In a challenging economic environment we should take action to make sure the programme delivers on its promise, not write it off.’
With the failure of state education and families, too many young people are unemployable. Any programme that introduces these difficult people to the world of work needs to be commended. We just need to watch the usual lefties do not knock it off course. The problems are incredibly simple. These people cannot turn up to work consistently. They have no concept of accountability (to deliver an outcome) Like you local Council? Expect to use social media all day. Like CouncilJ Smith, Added: Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:26 PM
The work program is nothing more than slave labour " work sets you free". It may be old fasioned but I don't expect my taxes to subsidise free Labour to private companies. In the 80s we had job substitution as youth workers working for free replaced paid workers. Grayling & his tory chums are turning young people into slaves under threat of benefit sanction if they don't do exactly as they are told. A Bankrupt Government with ideas staright out of Nazi Germany. Training not stacking shelves.David Hambly, Added: Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:22 PM
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