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The Government's Work Programme has so far performed "extremely poorly", MPs on the Public Accounts Committee have said.
Only 3.6% of people referred to the welfare scheme found between June 2011 and July 2012 found long-term employment, less than a third of the 11.9% target.
Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said the PAC's report underlined the Coalition's "comprehensive failure" to tackle unemployment. But the Government hit back, saying the report was "skewed".
A spokesperson from the DWP tweeted: "Work Programme has already helped more than 200,000 people into work, it is transforming tens of thousands of lives PAC.
"Unlike old schemes Work Programme doesn't pay large amounts up front. Payment by results means taxpayer VFM and better help for jobseekers."
CIPD Press release Responding to the publication of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on the Work Programme, Peter Cheese, Chief Executive ofthe Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: "The Work... Continue to article
Unlike old schemes #WorkProgramme doesn't pay large amounts up front. Payment by results means taxpayer VFM and better help for jobseekers
#WorkProgramme has already helped more than 200,000 people into work, it is transforming tens of thousands of lives #PAC
PCS press release Commenting on the public accounts committee report on the failing work programme, Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "The work programme is fundamentally flawed and should be s... Continue to article
PAC press release The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, today said: "The Work Programme is absolutely crucial for helping people, especially the most vulnerable, get into and stay in work. "Howeve... Continue to article
Labour press release Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the Public Accounts Committee’s report on the Work Programme, said: “This report by the Public Accounts Committee underscores the Work Progr... Continue to article
PAC report shows Work Programme is helping just 1 in 28 people back into work. Commenting on a report published today (Friday) by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which criticises the Government Work Programme for moving just one in 2... Continue to article
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