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Ministers must not ignore failings of the Work Programme, says TUC

Responding to today’s (Tuesday) report by the Work and Pensions Committee, which says that Work Programme providers are failing to meet their basic targets and are doing very little to help disadvantaged job seekers, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: ‘This report raises a number of very serious concerns about the Work Programme that cannot be swept…

CIPD encourages more employers to join the Work Programme

Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Peter Cheese, has responded to the publication of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on the Work Programme. Cheese said: “The Work Programme has attracted a lot of harsh criticism, and this report is no exception. However, it is sad and telling…

Government defends Work Programme

The Government has defended its flagship employment scheme against fierce criticism after new figures showed only 3.5% of those taking part had found sustainable jobs, with the target being 5.5%. Figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions showed that 800,000 people had started the Work Programme since it was launched last year, but…

Employers still unaware of Governments Work Programme

The Governments Work Programme has been in existence for over a year now, however a new survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggests that the Government needs to build on the scheme’s early progress by increasing awareness and understanding of the scheme amongst employers. The survey of more than 1,000 employers…

The Work Programme ”will not do enough”

A leading figure at a centre-right think tank has accused ministers of failing to grasp the scale of the unemployment crisis and claimed that government welfare reforms will not be sufficient to solve “huge structural problems” in the labour market. Matthew Oakley, the head of economics and social policy at Policy Exchange, told a Westminster…