What A Fucking Shambles, Work Programme Still Worse Than Doing Nothing At All

Johnny Void here continues his campaign showing up the massive failures and iniquities of the Work Programme, IDS’ other vanity after Universal Jobmatch and Universal Credit. They’re vanity projects because they don’t actually work.

The Void gives the statistics to show it. Only a quarter of those on the programme for two years have spent a period of 3-6 months in work – less than those, who sought work on their own.

For disabled people, the situation is worse. Much worse. Just over three percent of people on ESA or IB were in work for 3-6 months. And only 1.5 per cent of the most seriously disabled, who had been found ‘fit to work’ by Atos, found jobs lasting long than three months.

The only people for whom the scheme is working are Early Entrants, mainstream Job seekers, who have a better chance of getting a job. Even then, the success of the scheme is only a matter of a few per cent above what these people would have achieved on their own.

Mr Void also comments on the fraud cases, that have allowed the workfare companies to cash their cheques, even though they didn’t do anything to help the people they claim to have done.

The whole programme is a farce and a monumental waste of money. It carries on, because it earns money for the welfare-to-work companies, and reinforces Tory ideology that it’s all the fault of the unemployed themselves.

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esa-wp-graph The dotted line represents the percentage of sick and disabled claimants who would have been expected to get jobs if the Work Programme didn’t exist.

It is astonishing that the ‘minimum expected level’ of people finding jobs on Iain Duncan Smith’s Work Programme is the same as would be expected had he done nothing at all.

What this means is that as long as the Work Programme isn’t making long term unemployment worse then both the DWP and the private sector parasites who run the scheme can claim it is a huge success when in fact it’s nothing of the sort.  It is just not doing any damage.  The problem is that in many cases the Work Programme is not meeting the ‘minimum expected levels’.  It is worse than doing nothing and from the latest figures appears to be creating, not curing long term unemployment amongst some groups.

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