Work Programme

ESA - A Phoney Solution for an Unreal Problem

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Today these two very different problems have become completely muddled. The ESA system, with its demeaning assessments and its ineffective Work Programme, is a sprawling public policy disaster.

IDS Caught Out For 'Foul Play' Over Official Stats For FOURTH Time In A Year

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has been caught up in a new row over his department's dodgy use of official figures, the fourth in a year. The controversy erupt...

The Work Programme Just Isn't Working

Andy Winter | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Winter

It is the 10% with more complex needs, and those who have never worked, who offer a greater challenge, and who the Work Programme fails miserably. It is all too easy to dehumanise them by dismissing them as "skivers" and all too easy to threaten to deny them benefits.

Policy Exchange: Is Community Workfare Fair?

Stef Benstead | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

Public belief is at times widely disparate from reality. An Ipsos Mori poll showed this some months back by asking people to answer a selection of questions. The results showed a large gap between what the public thinks is true and what is true.

Have Your Say on Government's Welfare-to-Work Programmes

Nick Stephenson | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The government has launched a consultation on its welfare-to-work programmes, and UnemployedNet is responding on behalf of workless people. We want your opinions to help us tell the government why and how their schemes, including the Work Programme, Work Choice, work experience schemes and others, need changing.

Job Seekers Aren't Commodities

Harry Freedman | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Politics
Harry Freedman

People have always played politics with unemployment, that won't change. But what could, and should, change is the way that job search support is delivered.

Exploitative Workfare Scheme Was a Disaster - Now the Government Must Pay the Price of Failure

Caroline Lucas | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

By failing to vote against this Bill, Labour is effectively supporting the Government and indicating that it, like David Cameron's administration, sees no problem in bringing in emergency legislation to overturn a court's findings when it goes against them.

The DWP Is Guilty of Incompetence on an Industrial Scale

Liam Byrne | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Politics
Liam Byrne

The chaos at DWP knows no bounds. They've given us a Work Programme worse than doing nothing. Universal Credit is descending into universal chaos. And now the department has bodged its regulations so badly that a Court of Appeal judgement has struck down its general power to issue sanctions of any kind shape or form. Incredible.

'Off the Shelf' Employment Support Fails Single Parents

Caroline Davey | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

While some media might have us believe that most single parents are shunning work in favour of a 'lifestyle' on out-of-work benefits, the reality is starkly different. Single parents are highly motivated to work. After all, they're the sole breadwinners for their families - families which face twice the risk of living in poverty than those headed up by a couple.

The Work Programme Is Not Working - It Needs Fixing - And Swiftly

John Tizard | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on the Work Programme, which was published last week, is the latest in a series of academic, analytical and media critiques which have demonstrated that the Programme has not lived up to its promise - or at least the promise of Ministers.

Ned Simons

Inquisitor Of The Year, The Queen Of Select Committees

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Politics

"An influential committee of MPs has said" is one of the most overused phrases by political reporters in Westminster. There are over 20 Commons select...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Does The Work Programme, Er, Work?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Friday 22 February 2013... 1) DOES THE WORK PROGRAMME, ER, WORK? The Public Accounts Committee strikes again!...

Ned Simons

Ditch Work Programme Now, Say MPs

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK Politics

More unemployed people would have found jobs since 2010 if the government's high-profile, multi-billion pound Work Programme had never been invented, ...

Our Justice System Should Be Smarter and Smaller - Not Privatised

Frances Crook | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Politics
Frances Crook

If you have the impression of a Justice Department fumbling in the dark for new eye-catching schemes to showcase in the run-up to the election, you would probably be right.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Horsemeat Summit

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 13 February... 1) THE HORSEMEAT SUMMIT "Now it's British horsemeat in burgers," screams the Daily M...

The Government's Work Programme Needs Some Work

Dame Anne Begg | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dame Anne Begg

It is not often that I am left speechless, but I when the producers of a BBC Panorama programme invited me in to view some of the footage they had shot of people's experience of the government's Work Programme I was left stunned and shocked.

Disabled Claimants Called 'Lying Thieving Bastards'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK

A company contracted to help the disabled and unemployed get back into work, has come under scrutiny after a former staff told the BBC claimants were ...

Work Programme Increases Hardship and Makes Little Difference to Compliance

Heather Rolfe | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics
Heather Rolfe

Those who decry the 'something for nothing' benefits system will be heartened by the introduction this week of new obligations on people receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Worse Than Useless? Figures Show Work Programme 'Not Working'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK

The coalition's flagship 'back to work' scheme has helped fewer people find jobs than if the government did nothing at all, figures published on Tuesd...

New Insight Into the Work Programme - One Year On

Paul Winyard | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Politics
Paul Winyard

The Work Programme is a mixed bag with both good and bad practice

One To Watch: Labour MP Seema Malhotra

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Politics

It's been just over six months since Seema Malhotra won the Feltham and Heston by-election, and by any comparison this former management consultant ha...

Labour Brands Work Programme A Failure As Long-Term Jobless Figures Rise

PA | Posted 08.07.2012 | UK Politics

Labour branded the Government's Work Programme a "failure" on Monday, as it published new figures showing that the number of people out of work for ov...

Security Industry Watchdog To Probe Claims Over Jubilee Stewards

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK

The security industry watchdog is looking into allegations that a firm made unpaid workers sleep rough under a bridge in central London before being d...

The Unpaid Jubilee Stewards Scandal Exposes Britain's Continuing Social Inequality

David Lintott | Posted 06.08.2012 | UK Politics
David Lintott

It was a busy weekend in London, what with the diamond jubilee going on. Thousands of royalists turned out to celebrate the Queen's big weekend of pomp, pageantry and patriotism despite the downfall.

Company Probe After Jubilee Workers Forced To Sleep Under London Bridge

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK

An investigation has been launched into how unpaid workers bussed into London for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations were left stranded in the middle of...