Long-term Unemployed less likely to get jobs in Work Programme
- 10 Jan
Firms in the work programme are paid to hire benefit claimants to prepare them for work, but are more likely to hire those already job-ready.
An official assessment has found that they are slow to give jobs to those who are long-term unemployed because of sickness.
York University professor Roy Sainsbury has said that the programme is giving priority to "job-ready" claimants ahead of those who have been unemployed for long periods.
In the first official evaluation of the work programme before Christmas, the report by York university's social policy research unit, says private firms, which are paid for getting an unemployed person into a long-term job, are seeing their most job-ready participants more frequently than those with more severe barriers to work.
The overall outcome from the research concluded it was too early to make any decisions from the results as new programmes are likely to have teething problems, but Roy Sainsbury, professor at the social policy research unit, said:
The philosophy of the government's plan was that you would give huge amounts of money to get someone into work if they had had, for example, an alcohol problem.
[It appears] there's no evidence that firms are responding to those incentives.
Under the work programme firms can get between £4,000 and £14,000 for every job given to an unemployed person participating in the scheme.
A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said:
We pay organisations more money for getting those with more complex needs into work and give them two years to work with job seekers - so there's a clear incentive for them to help every participant.
To the reports last month about the ineffectiveness of the work programme, which was meant to be a radical change by the Coalition Government, Margaret Hodge, the Labour chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said:
This first analysis of the Work Programme performance figures shows the extent to which the scheme is failing participants, and particularly the young and the harder-to-help. Against a contractual target of 5.5 per cent, the lowest performing provider did not manage to place a single person in the under 25 category into a job lasting six months.
The Work Programme was specifically designed to incentivise providers to assist those furthest from the work place, but the appalling performance for ESA ex-incapacity claimants demonstrates how this experiment simply is not working.
Between June 2011 and July 2012, of the some 9,500 ex-incapacity claimants referred to providers, I am astonished that only 20 people have been placed in a job that has lasted three months.
There were also numerous charities that withdrew from the scheme in December when they were informed that people who suffer from with long term illnesses could now be forced to work indefinitely for their out-of-work benefits, as a result of new government rules.
- 08 Nov
NHS BOSS SETS OUT A CASE FOR CASH BOOST
The speech by Mr Stevens at the NHS Providers' annual conference of health managers is being made at the time when three reputable health think-thanks- the Health Foundation, the King's Fund and the...
- 09 Jun
THERESA MAY PLEDGES TO REPLACE THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT 1983
According to Ms May, the new bill would introduce the following:According to the Tories, the proposals were described as the biggest change to mental health treatment law in over 30 years.Ms May...
- 30 May
THE PRESENT FIRST PRIME MINISTER OF SCOTLAND IS TO PLEDGE AGAINST ANY PLANS TO PRIVATISE THE NHS
It is also expected that Sturgeon will do the following as proof of her party's commitment to fighting against further austerity:Sturgeon said this before Tuesday's manifesto launch:"While the polls...
- 17 Mar
402 MILLION POUNDS WILL BE INVESTED IN COUNCILS WITH THE GREATEST HOMELESSNESS DEMAND FROM APRIL 2017
Presently, funding is only used for homeless households and not for the prevention of homelessness in the first instance.The funding by the Department for Communities and Local Government is set to...
- 15 Mar
RULES AROUND PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENTS MAY CHANGE ON THURSDAY
Ministers have advised chief executives of over 30 charities which claimed that people will be left without vital financial support, to restrict access to a disability benefit.The Disability Benefits...
- 06 Mar
THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN URGED BY THE BMA TO INCREASE HEALTH SPENDING BY 10 BILLION POUNDS
This increase in health spending to a proportion of GDP that matched that of the 10 leading economies across Europe could pay for at least 35,000 extra beds a day and many more GP's, according to the...
- 05 Sep
MANY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REFUGES AT RISK OF CLOSING DUE TO HOUSING BENEFIT CAP
Women who have been victims of domestic violence as well as their children are at risk of falling into the hands of their violent partners if the government caps housing benefit in the social sector...
- 03 Sep
Data on disability benefits refused by DWP
DWP officials have refused a second request for basic information on disability benefits using the “Section 22” exemption they used previously, reports The Independent.The Department had been...
- 02 Sep
UN to investigate how welfare reforms will affect disability rights
A disability charity in Scotland has said it’s been contacted by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as part of an inquiry into Britain’s treatment of people with...
- 01 Sep
Benefit cuts affecting 48,500 families in Liverpool
Analysis from Liverpool City Council has found that around 48,500 households are likely to lose their benefits due to new government reforms, reports the Liverpool Echo. Councillor Jane Corbett has...
How to fund Housing Support and Social Care Services "Alot of information in a short time, good for me because I travelled a long way. So I feel the journey was worthwhile." C.T - People First Dorset