5 Times more Sanctions than Jobs on Work Programme.
From the PCS.
Data published today shows the wholly privatised work programme is still performing worse than if the government had done nothing, and it appears to be getting worse.
Only 3% (48,000) of the 1.5 million people who have been through the scheme since it began in June 2011 have been found a lasting job.
Comparing the data with the latest figures for work programme participants who have had their benefits stopped temporarily after being sanctioned, the union has made a startling discovery:
Five times more sanctions were applied to people on the work programme last year alone than the number of sustained jobs found for participants since June 2011.
Other findings include:
- Only 18% of those who have completed the full two years on the programme have been helped into work (lasting a minimum of either three or six months). The Department for Work and Pensions estimated one third of participants would find sustained work without any help from the scheme
- Of the 458,000 people who have completed the full two years only 1.7% have been found a longer term job
- Only 5% of Employment and Support Allowance claimants on the work programme are finding work. The target is 15%
- Almost one quarter of those who were referred to the work programme returned to the jobcentre two years later
- Since April 2012, the proportion of scheme participants finding a job has been falling. This could be because providers have cherrypicked easier to help cases first
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The privatised work programme has been an unmitigated failure and has actually hampered the chances of people finding work, not helped.
“Ministers have very serious questions to answer about this scheme, not least why there have been five times more sanctions applied than jobs found for people.”
Our experience in Ipswich is that you hear staff about people sanctioned, people complaining about being sanctioned, and rows, all the time.
It is a disgraceful situation.