Suffolk Work Programme “utter failure”.
The Work Programme has been an “utter failure” in Suffolk, and that’s official.
Figures released and published in the East Anglian Daily Times (28.11.12) show that of 2,360 people referred to the scheme in Ipswich just 60 found and kept jobs for 6 months- 2,5%.
Elsewhere in the country it’s the same picture. In Babergh (570) people), Forest Heath (480) and in Mid Suffolk (490) just twenty people in each district had employment for more than 6 months.
In St Edmundsbury 730 went on the scheme and 30 got a job, and in Suffolk Coastal out of 590 went on the Work Programme and only 20 kept in work long enough for the ‘providers’ to get their full bonus.
In Essex the figures were: Braintree, 1,360 and 80, Chelmsford, 1440 and 60, Colchester 1,900 and 60. Pride of Place goes to tendering where 2,300 were referred and just 10 kept a job.
People on the Work Programme comment that the scheme is “crazy”. They have harsh words for the providers, such as Pelcombe and SEETEC, who are not just incompetent and unpleasant but quick to “sanction” people. That is, deprive them of the right to the basic income needed to live and eat.
It looks as if these companies’ failure will mean they face a serious financial crisis.
The price of the government’s ambitions and their own greed.