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.
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."
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.
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".
The Government has defended its record on child poverty.