Thursday 25 October 2012

Ex-A4E Boss’ Desperation Can’t Hide Tory Work Programme Failure

Emma Harrison’s extraordinary performance on Channel 4 News  is another blow to the Government’s Work Programme.

The former A4e boss refused to accept figures showing that minimum targets to get just 5.5% of those referred back into work had been missed. This is despite the fact that a statement from the company — of which she is still the largest shareholder — had merely said the figures only covered the first year of the Work Programme.
There are two interesting things about this. The first is that the desperation of Emma Harrison is a good indicator that the figures held by Channel 4 are accurate bringing into question why exactly the Tory government has handed over £46million to a firm that is doing less than the minimum expected to help unemployed people back into work.
The second is that if things are really as rosy as Cameron and his millionaire chums keep telling us — when they crow about falling headline unemployment despite rising numbers of young people who have been unemployed for more than a year and a falling number of full-time jobs — why are their minimum expectations for the Work Programme so low?
The reality is that the wheels are coming off of the Work Programme as it becomes ever clearer that the Tories and Lib Dems have been shovelling cash into the pockets of dodgy private firms in return for them harassing those left without work by the economic crisis off benefits into destitution, and helping to facilitate a continued attack on public-sector jobs in the Jobcentres.
Many of us stuck on these rotten schemes will be hoping that the release of performance figures on the Work Programme next month will be the final nail in the coffin.
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  1. mkmky said:

    Totally agree,the question that will not be answered is”What service do you actually supply” All the Primes talk about a Tailored programme to get you back to work,I have the e-mails and my contract to prove that the answer is nothing.I am required to attend 1 session for 30 minutes once a month,apply for 28 jobs that require no qualifications or are classed as unskilled(Mandatory) I am still allowed to apply for positions that I am qualified for but this is optional.Tailored support my ass..Once again “What do you provide?”

    27 October 2012 at 10:42am
  2. Steven said:

    Go for it! It is high time this pathetic programme was scrapped and many of the other so-called ‘welfare to work’ ones were as well. I should be signing-on as I am unemployed yet don’t because I can’t stand the DWP’s evil harrasment. If the government wants people to be employed then fine CREATE THE FUCKING JOBS THEN!

    27 October 2012 at 12:54pm
  3. illaghee said:

    I agree i am not at a4e as they no longer operate in Hull but something similar called Intraining which is set up by Newcastle University. I have done all old government schemes and new ones to help me get back into work and non of them are successful otherwise i wouldnt be still claiming benefits. I have A level in maths so not like i dont know my head from my behind and ive been saying to my advisor i need funding to help me get a qualification. I have done groundworks before but i am not NVQ qualified and every week their is new groundworks jobs available i think it will cost £900-£1200 to become a qualified groundworker so my proposal to them was this. You either pay for me to get qualified in the jobs that are out their right now or i will be here claiming benefits same time next year and the year after. The total spend per annum for me is £5400 thats housing benefit ect, so they can either invest a little to not be paying me at all or they can pay the £5400 per year until the cows come home.

    26 November 2012 at 4:46pm
  4. hilary said:

    They are just parasites feeding of the poor its just a sham the rich get richer the poor get poorer. should be stopped, if we did what they are doing we would be arrested

    16 January 2013 at 11:52pm

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