1 in 9 on job scheme get work

A committee of MPs has warned that only one in nine people in Wales on the UK Government's Work Programme found sustained employment - the lowest rate in Britain.

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UK Govt: 'big improvement' in Work Programme

The UK Government says there has been "a really big improvement in performance" from its Work Programme, but Employment Minister Esther McVey will meet her counterpart at the Welsh Government soon, to "ensure jobseekers in Wales have access to the same range of help available to those in England."

There has been a really big improvement in performance from when the Work Programme began in 2011 and we are committed to making sure providers in Wales continue to improve the service they give to jobseekers.

Providers get paid on the results they achieve, so it's in everyone's interest to help as many people into work as possible.

I will soon be meeting with Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology from the Welsh Government - I want us to work together to ensure jobseekers in Wales have access to the same range of help available to those in England.

– Esther McVey MP, Minister for Employment

MPs: 'Lack of flexibility' behind work scheme problems

The Welsh Affairs Committee chair, Monmouth MP David Davies, says a "lack of flexibility" and the creation of "artificial barriers" between different programmes set up to get people into work are to blame for a lack of success.

The key issue here seems to be that there is a lack of flexibility in and between the various programmes set up to get people into work, and that this lack of flexibility appears to be more marked in Wales.

It is obviously a matter of concern to us that the success rates in Wales are the lowest in Great Britain.

The Work programme is designed to help particularly people facing multiple barriers to entering or re-entering the workplace, people who have been already out of work for two years.

The last thing we need in this situation is bureaucracy getting in the way of people simply being able to do what is most effective.

The fact that different programmes are funded differently or run by different organisations should not be "visible" or create barriers at the point of delivery.

The point is to get people in to work, for all the benefits that brings both to them and to the public purse.

That must be the sole focus and these artificial barriers must be removed.

– David Davies MP, Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee

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1 in 9 people on Work Programme found sustained work

Only one in nine people in Wales who joined the UK Government's Work Programme scheme in its first two years found sustained employment.

  • 69,960 people in Wales were referred by Jobcentre Plus onto the Work Programme during its first 25 months
  • 7,550 people completed 13 or 26 weeks of sustained employment - the Government's targets
  • That is a rate of 10.8 per cent - the lowest in Britain

Work Programme is least successful in Wales

The programme helps people in long-term unemployment back into work. Credit: PA

The UK Government's Work Programme - which aims to help people in long-term unemployment back into work - is least successful in Wales.

That's according to a report by the Commons Welsh Affairs Select Committee.

The Department of Work and Pensions say it's committed to making sure providers in Wales continue to improve the service.

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