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27 November 2012
New figures published today by the Department of Work and Pensions on the Government's Work Programme show that out of 79,000 Employment and Support Allowance claimants, only 1,000 have been in work for six months.
Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of disability charity Scope responded to the figures:
"We have known for some time now that the Government's fitness to work test is deeply flawed and is wrongly pushing many disabled people onto the Work Programme.
"Today we learn that only 1.3% of disabled people claiming employment and support allowance have actually found a job through the Work Programme.
"These shocking figures indicate a system that is not working for disabled people.
"Disabled people want to work but face multiple barriers such as a lack of skills and experience, confidence and even negative attitudes from some employers.
"They need tailored and targeted support to find a job and the Work Programme just doesn't offer them this.
"We desperately need the Government to re-think its approach if we want to see more disabled people in work in the future."