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27 November 2012
The first Government figures on the Work Programme published today show that in its first year of operation 3.5 per cent of the people referred to the Work Programme succeeded getting a job for three months or more. The figures come a day after Homeless Link, Crisis and St.Mungo's published The Programme’s Not Working report, which indicates that many homeless people are being failed by the government’s flagship scheme.
Responding to the Government figures, Jacqui McCluskey, Director of Policy for Homeless Link said:
“It’s too early to say what impact the Work Programme is having overall. However, what our research clearly shows is that homeless people’s experience of the work programme is highly variable. Some receive a good service but far too many vulnerable adults are not being properly assessed and are not getting the support they need to help them overcome the barriers they face to getting a job. It is concerning that the Work Programme is, in the main, failing to engage with the people who are most excluded and furthest from the job market. The Government recognise that some providers are not performing well and we need action to ensure that those who need the most help to return to work get the effective support they need.”