12:29 am, Wed 28 Nov 2012
Govt's Work Programme not working as hoped
It was created to help unemployed people secure long-term jobs.
But today the Government had to admit its Work Programme is not working as well as it had hoped.
So far the programme has a 3.53 percent success rate, not the 5.5 percent target it set itself 18 months ago.
The scheme involves giving taxpayers' money to businesses and charities to hire people.
Labour has called it a miserable failure.
ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:
12:52 pm, Tue 27 Nov 2012
Downing Street: Too early to judge Work Programme
Libby Wiener - Political Correspondent
Downing Street has hit back at criticism of the Work Programme after figures released today showed the government had failed to meet its success rate target of 5%.
He said it was too early to judge the programme, adding: "This is only the first phase of the programme. We are only part way through the first two-year cycle."
What is clear is the Work Programme is being successful in getting people off benefits. Fifty-six per cent of people on the programme were off benefits.
– Prime Minister's spokesman
The figures published today show 3.5% of participants were in jobs after six months, that's less - according to Treasury estimates - than would be the case if the market was left to itself.
11:54 am, Tue 27 Nov 2012
Byrne: Work Programme has 'comprehensively failed'
Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said the figures showing the government's Work Programme has got 3.53% of people into work within six months is "absolutely shocking".
He expressed his anger over the results, claiming that the project had been "worse than doing absolutely nothing" and had "comprehensively failed".
6:28 am, Thu 05 Jul 2012 'One million' kids going hungry
Government defends itself over child poverty
The Government has defended its record on child poverty.
We are tackling child poverty by extending free early education, investing to help families with childcare costs and introducing universal credit which will lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty.
Work is the best route out of poverty which is why the Work Programme will ensure that people receive the personalised support they need.
All children from the poorest families are entitled to receive a free hot meal at school every day. We have launched a review to make sure that healthy and nutritious school food is available to all children.
– Government spokesman