New work programme ‘failing jobseekers’

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woman looking for workAre you one of the hundreds of thousands of people in Britain unable to find employment and provide the best possible support for your family?

A new report has outlined the frustrations of so many would-be workers in the UK, by showing that the Government's new work programme is helping far fewer people than expected - and that some of the organisations involved in it are even at risk of falling into the red.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report found the programme is helping 26% of the largest group of jobseekers, yet the Government promised it would benefit 40%.

And it seems from the report that by introducing the Work Programme so quickly, the Government has overlooked some important details, and increased risks.

They've failed to realise that some of the organisations delivering the programme in areas of high unemployment may struggle to meet targets, and could get into "serious financial difficulty".

The programme, which cost millions of pounds, replaced virtually all welfare-to-work schemes in England, Scotland and Wales last year.

Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said: "It is too early to judge the success of the Work Programme, which will depend on whether the Department can get more people into work than previous programmes."

Katja Hall, CBI chief policy director, said: "In the current economic climate, what's important is that businesses, government departments, local government and other stakeholders work with Work Programme providers to ensure that the scheme is successful at getting more people into jobs."

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