More Back-to-Work Failures.
The Daily Mirror has just reported.
A flagship back-to-work scheme for troubled families has been dismissed as a “catastrophe” after a Government watchdog savaged its failings.
Bungling ministers spent almost £8million trying to find 88,000 people from these families a job – but managed to get just 720 off the dole.
This left taxpayers with a £10,000 bill for each person helped into work on Iain Duncan Smith’s scheme.
The Work and Pensions Secretary had set a target of getting 19,832 on the scheme into work.
But a damning National Audit Office report found the “families with multiple problems” programme was missing this target by 96%.
Under the scheme the Government pays private companies to get those from troubled families off benefits.
But Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of Whitehall’s Public and Commercial Services union, said the poor results also showed that giving work to private firms was “fantastically misguided”.
He said: “It’s difficult to see the DWP programme as anything other than a catastrophe for the vulnerable families who deserve our help but are being let down.
“First with the work programme and now this, private companies are proving themselves incapable of providing the kind of complex, dedicated support necessary, despite the hundreds of millions of pounds of public money being funnelled their way.”
Public Finance adds,
By Tom Forrest | 3 December 2013
Two government departments did not work effectively together when introducing overlapping programmes to support troubled families, according to a report published today by the National Audit Office.
Auditors said there had been ‘poor co-ordination’ between programmes run by the Department for Communities & Local Government and the Department for Work & Pensions. As a result, there were doubts over whether their ambitious targets could be achieved.
The DCLG’s Troubled Families programme is attempting to turn round the lives of 120,000 families, while the DWP’s Families with Multiple Problems scheme aims to find employment for 22% of participants.
But the NAO report said that the DWP programme had only achieved 720 employment outcomes, just 4% of its target. Meanwhile, the number of families attached to the DCLG scheme by local authorities is 13% below auditors’ assessment of what would be reasonable.
‘These innovative and ambitious programmes are beginning to provide some benefits, but elements of both are underperforming,’ said Amyas Morse, NAO head.