Tuesday 27 November 2012

Failure of Tory Work Programme exposed by new figures

The latest government statistics for the Work Programme show the extent to which it is failing to solve the mounting unemployment crisis.
Out of 837,000 people that started a placement with one of the scheme’s profit making providers only 31,000 found employment lasting the minimum 3-months required to register as a job outcome. Even worse only 20,000, a paltry 2.3% – less than half the government’s own tiny target of 5.5% – were found sustained employment.

Despite this pathetic performance the profiteering companies including A4e, G4S, Serco and others have been handed a whopping £346.4million just for accepting people onto their books, before lifting a finger to help them.

In total including ‘sustainment payments’ – money handed to Work Programme companies simply because people who were referred to them have been kept on by an employer – they have been handed £435million, over £14,000 for each person that actually found work even though thousands of these positions lasted little more than 3-months.

To put this into some context £435million is enough money to pay the UK Living Wage of £7.45 to 37,429 people to work a 30-hour week for a year.

Despite this the Tory government continues to blame unemployment on the unemployed while at the same time suggesting low-growth is causing the failure of their scheme.

It seems that for Tory unemployment minister Mark Hoban a weak economy is a fine excuse for private companies being paid millions in public money to not find jobs but not for those who rely on meagre unemployment benefits to survive.

The reality is that they prefer to line the pockets of workfare bosses rather than employing people who are desperate for work but left without a job by the ongoing fallout of the economic crisis.

Labour’s Ed Miliband described the Work Programme as a “miserable failure.”

He continued,

“It’s just not working because over the first year of the Work Programme just over two in every hundred people have been getting a job. And estimates are that if the Work Programme didn’t exist five in every hundred would be getting a job.”

It is welcome that Labour are openly criticising the scheme but if they are serious Miliband should commit now to scrapping the Work Programme and ending all workfare schemes should a Labour government win the next election.



Buy our new pamphlet on Workfare and the Work Programme.

We’ll be looking deeper into the new figures released on the Work Programme this week. Please check back for the latest insights.

If you can please raise our model motion on the Work Programme in your Trade union branch or campaign group.

We are also calling for people to back the call by Unite the Resistance for demonstrations on Wednesday 5 December when Tory chancellor George Osborne looks set to announce another £10 billion in welfare cuts.

London demo:

March from King’s College, the Strand to Downing Street.
Assemble 5.30pm
Called by UCU London Region

Rally at Downing Street from 6pm
Hosted by Unite the Resistance

Check uniteresist.org to see if there is a demonstration near you or organise one and let us know at info@righttowork.org.uk.



1 comment

  1. mark said:

    Interesting stuff there guys
    Should a Labour government win the next election. NO
    nor lib or con

    To be honest i don’t vote because they are all rich kids with no idea about the real world

    I want to vote these people out next election but i don’t know who to vote for I’m open to suggestions

    I have always said show me the guy who has been through the worst time been homeless out of work subject to all the horrors of the world and I’ll show you the best guy to make the decisions

    The best person to tackle homelessness is someone who has been there

    The best person to tackle joblessness is someone who has been there and so on

    Show me that guy I’ll show you someone who can make a difference

    14 January 2013 at 12:35am

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