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'Extremely poor' work scheme

A multibillion-pound Government programme which is meant to help the long-term unemployed into work has been branded "extremely poor" in a damning assessment by MPs.

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Work Programme providers 'all missing targets'

  • The Work Programme was introduced in June 2011
  • £400m has been spent so far, but the estimated cost is between £3 billion and £5 billion over five years
  • The money is paid to private providers, but not one has met its contractual target and performance "varies wildly"
  • The committee says providers are concentrating on people more likely to generate a fee, which means sidelining jobless clients who require more time and investment

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