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Long-Term Unemployment Up as Work Programme Fails.

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This is the measure of the failure that the Government is going to have to deal with for those ending the Work Programme.

Long-term unemployment rose by 11,000 between February and April in the UK on the quarter before amid criticism that the government’s flagship welfare-to-work scheme, the Work Programme, is failing.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows there are now 898,000 people who have been out-of-work for more than a year.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.8% on the quarter, though the level fell 5,000 to 2.51 million. Employment sunk 0.1% to a rate of 71.5%, though the level lifted by 24,000 in the three month period to 29.76 million.

Job Seeker’s Allowance claimants dropped 8,600 on the month in May, to 1.51 million. On the year it had fallen by 87,600.

From International Business Times.

Then there is this,

The Work Programme uses private contractors to help lift the long-term unemployed – those out of a job for more than a year – into sustained employment.

These providers are then paid by performance, but the first set of data to emerge from the Work Programme showed a lower success rate than the government had predicted should the scheme not even have existed in the first place.

It helped just 3.6% of its participants off benefits and into work during its first 14 months.

The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) target was 5.5%.

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee labelled the scheme “extremely poor” and that it was failing the hardest-to-help in particular, such as the disabled, accusing providers of side-lining them in favour of easier cases because the cash incentives built into the system were not working.

“While we recognised that it is early days for the Work Programme, such poor performance undermines the confidence in its long-term success,” said the PAC, which has taken evidence from ministers and service providers.

“The DWP needs a better understanding of the factors that led to early performance being well below expectations in order to assess whether the longer term targets for the Work Programme are still achievable.”

A separate group of MPs on the Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) backed up the PAC’s findings in their own report.

“It is clear that the differential pricing structure is not a panacea for tackling creaming and parking,” said Dame Anne Begg MP, WPC chairwoman.

“The Government must do more to ensure that the Work Programme provides effective support for all jobseekers, not just the ones who are easiest to help.”

The WPC also found that caseworkers were being overloaded and struggled to keep up, with some having been given caseloads of between 120 to 180 each.

“This ratio is simply far too high for an effective service and must be brought down,” said the WPC report.

So what exactly is going to happen to us after our period on the Work Programme?

That is those not in the magnificent 3,6%.

How are they going to deal with their miserable performance?


Written by Andrew Coates

June 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

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  1. They champion a 5k drop in unemployment as yet another record breaking success (they being the government and the BBC). Yet even if you assume this is a genuine drop and not the result of these awful schemes massaging figures it’s still utterly ridiculous. 5,000 is representative of nothing!

    Ghost Whistler

    June 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

  2. I tell you / you going to do with in days finishing on work program you going to be put on mandatory community base type work for six month doing 30 hours a week and you will be told to open and give dwp access to your universal job match account which is breach data protection act people also you will be made to sign weekly and you will have daily if needed dwp advisor interviews if you think its going get easy you in for shock people I say seek legal advice to dwp telling you that you have to give them access to your universal job match account as it REMAINS VOLUNTARY


    June 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

  3. Of course, the reason why the Work Programme has spectacularly failed is because all the workshy layabouts are not “engaging enough with it”!

    How many readers on here have already been accused of “not engaging enough with the Work Programme”?

    With almost 97% of WP candidates set to return to Jobcentres (to face the hit squads), it beggars belief that the blame is still being put on them – and that comes on top of all the mindset babble and all the other guff about negative attitudes and low self-esteem.

    Blaming unemployed people for all their apparent negative internal thinking when only a handful of jobs are available, is reprehensible beyond measure.

    As I have said on here many times before, you can’t get a quart out of a pint pot!


    June 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

  4. 5000 out of 2.51 million unemployed equates to 0.2% – Big Wow!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  5. Oh so true workshy and its called currently trailblazer which I believe is still in testing but I wouldn’t be surprized if it isn’t rolled out really soon now the first entrance are dew to leave the programme in coming months.


    As usual I cant promise a job (test have shown only a 16 to 18% got work) but on the bright side it does improve motivation, like we need incentives to get off the dole I don’t think.
    Heres the crutch, government knew it wouldn’t work as im sure they were well aware that it was infact a perfect copy of labours FND programme which I kid you not they touted as NOT WORKING. So with elections dew in next year it should come as no surprize that rather than continue with the very idea of helping, their going to see how many balls they can bust instead ,gambling to get the figures low enough to look good come voting.

    Now like buses theirs not just this one which as you have seen comes in 2 flavours but other schemes like self employment help meaning they want show up on any sheet before election as lets not forget something like 8 out of 10 businesses fail in the first year. Theirs also the 24+ advanced learners loan aimed at those capable of and qualifying for entrance to study a level three and onwards and unlike the student loan is open to the unemployed, any age over 24 and no credit checks. Sadly while investigating this I have since discovered JCP in my area including management apprantly know nothing about it which is kind of funny considering I have a written email from the Skills Funding Agency, the government department assuring me they have been and spoke with jobcentre staff. Even HQ Caxton Hse haven’t replied and that’s since the 20th of may 2013 but hey lets see if they can catch their promised window of 40 days as their only 6 to go dear government. This means at this stage I wouldn’t touch it just yet as it does rather conflict with the jobseekers agreement which is doubly funny when the press release I see was aimed squarely at the unemployed.

    Getting back to the trailblazer scheme do pay particular attention to this intensive benefit validation screening interview as I would imagine it might be brutal so do have your work evidence up to date and in full agreement with your jobseekers agreement.

    I know its reaffirming but work shy is right when he says do seek legal advice before answering any questions regarding signing upto the gov jobsite as what you say could trigger the jobseekers directive which if it legally does means failure to comply may result in you being sanctioned. This is how it works legally. When someone announces something new to a said individual that they are unaware of they are considered legally uninformed, meaning like contract signing you must be afforded time to be legally informed and should not be penalised while in the process of. I mention this as I know first hand that they will not present any documents they don’t want you seeing like the toolkit one loaded here a while back.

    The legal standing just to save time is not that its simply mandatory which they will tell you it is, actually its only mandatory currently if the claimant cannot give good cause as to a declining of the suggestion which at this stage is legally exactly what it is then based on the answer if not satisfactory then inturn activates jobseekers direction which once considered as such means it is mandatory and you can be sanctioned.

    An example of what would kick in the direction part is say that your answer was in connection to the cookies law.

    An example of a good and legal reason is DPA, mainly an individuals right to control the flow of their personal and sensitive data.

    Do remember though, the laws only as good as the person wielding it so don’t use what you don’t understand fully. Your probably find a person like me at every jobcentre so do ask about if anyones in the know on the law you seek should legal aid nolonger cover welfare disputes.

    Now as im sure we are all aware of don’t expect a oh dear you know what your right, expect them to scrutinise your jobseekers agreement maybe heighten it, the general theme is they want you to crack not that you need telling of that obvious fact. To give an example when it was my turn the advisor actually tried to punish for my mobile phone bleeping a text message (its not a legal requirement to switch off mobile phones so they can only request you do, meaning unless it in a meaningful way disrupts the meeting or meeting of others its not considered a crime and as such unsanctionable as it has nothing to do with the jobseekers agreement in any shape or form and even then they don’t have a decibel reading so if sanctioned you’d easily get it reversed.). you’d think that was enough but this poor lass got the bit between her teeth and finally said I was being obstructive and suspended the interview when I was sitting down all nice and smiling,no hand signals, no swearing, just answered every question. Naturally before she walked away I did say manager please which really made her blood boil as even though she couldn’t have known I heard every single word she parted to the manager and their reply. Naturally at the time being quite correct the manager had no choice but to start the interview again ending in me giving the sig then back out into the world.

    Oh before I forget, they don’t know the first thing about law so do take the DPA and toolkit PDF with you as it might save the verbal to and throw bit if its in black and white and on a government recognised piece of paper.

    Well hate me for the mouthful if you like but im just trying to assist as I hate people who prey on peoples ignorance don’t you.

    PS: If the government do ever get back to me about this 24+ advanced learners scheme I will pop back and let you know just incase anyones interested.


    June 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm

  6. Oh deer what are we all go to be as a big society no legal aid no rights in. My opion we will just be a poor corupt joke of a country


    June 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm

  7. ‘Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows there are now 898,000 people who have been out-of-work for more than a year’.

    Isn’t that interesting – it’s the exact same number that the DWP said had joined the Work Programme after 14 months, last time the WP Provider performance results were released.

    Something dodgy going on here!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 14, 2013 at 8:48 am

    • The point I’m illustrating is that this clearly shows the the Work Programme Private Providers have done bugger all – yet continue to collect the £400 to £600 start up fee’s for every person sent to them.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      June 14, 2013 at 8:55 am

  8. Employment Minister Mark Hoban on the benefits system:

    “How’s it work? … don’t ask me, says Hoban”

    He can’t make head or tail of the benefits system.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 14, 2013 at 9:17 am

  9. Seen on a Job advert recently under key skills required:

    Positive thinking – No Politics



    June 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

    • The above job advert was posted on Universal Jobmatch – a site mired in politics.

      I wonder how employers using that site feel about their vacancies being used to intimidate the unemployed?


      June 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

  10. i love this one “earn your jobseekers allowance”



    June 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    • Jobseeker’s Allowance is an allowance paid to unemployed people while they seek jobs. It is not anything else It was never intended as a substitute for a proper wage.

      Even the DWP officially say that “we do dot pay benefit as remuneration for work” – but IDS conveniently ignores that while celebrating the headline news about the recent “fall” in unemployment!!

      Here is another interesting piece on the real unemployment figures:


      Any further comment, IDS?


      June 17, 2013 at 7:41 am

  11. Next: earn your oxygen….

    something survived...

    June 15, 2013 at 10:57 pm



    June 17, 2013 at 8:14 am

    • The reason’s they do this is:

      1: Its so they can claim they have sent you somewhere that can help you.

      2: It gives them something they can put down on your Exit Report.

      3: They may be able to claim an extra payment from the DWP.

      None of this help’s you personally, it’s designed to make the Private Provider look as if they have done something to help you – in other word’s – Total Bollocks!

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      June 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      • Thanks Obi. I wondered why they were doing that. Problem is though. One covers the Total C++p the other has already covered. The main wpp says any disagreement or objection or asking why when I have done it here will lead to sanction doubt for Non Interaction. That’s a favorite saying of one particular advisor / tutor at main wpp


        June 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      • Work Programme Provider Advisers are all pre-programmed robots jumping to the tune of their masters, all scared of losing their jobs if they don’t meet their targets, this is why we as clients get so much shit off them.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        June 18, 2013 at 5:00 am

  13. I would have said p….s but a p…k is useful


    June 18, 2013 at 8:04 am

  14. Aylesbury’s new Waitrose store will open in Exchange Street on Thursday August 8, it was announced today.

    The retailer has also confirmed it received more than 1,300 applications in just ten days for the 140 jobs being created by the branch.

    is it any wonder its failing.


    the Dwp have had their fingers in a number of businesses opening in this hotspot for failure.

    travelodge opening nearby are dealing the Dwp only and wont be advertising elsewhere.


    July 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm

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