“If a war can’t be won don’t fight”
I have yet to see that this coalition will do a u turn on bedroom tax as I’m not convinced that Ian Duncan Smith(IDS) will have a change of heart.
I do not trust this coalition and therefore say that they will find other ways to hit both disabled, low paid, and unemployed they want to please their rich donors of Conservatives and Libdems(Fibdems) who are in bed together.
Then there is the issue that UK has lost its AAA ratings downgraded by Moody. Chancellor’s comment in my opinion in a nutshell “Business As Usual”
I agree with Ed Balls Shadow Chancellor comments, “This credit rating downgrade is a humiliating blow to a prime minister and chancellor who said keeping our AAA rating was the test of their economic and political credibility. “I have always said… that you should not set your policy by the credit ratings agencies. They have got things wrong in the past.
“But what matters is the underlying economic reality. There has been no growth now for two years, our deficit is getting bigger… the plan has not worked.”
“In the budget, the government must urgently take action to kick-start our flatlining economy and realise that we need growth to get the deficit down.”
Secondly returning to the coalition workfare programme let’s not forget that both previous and present governments had a go to get long-term unemployed back to work they have provided grants to private and charities to provide a service to the long-term unemployed into work.
The problem that I have with the programme are as follows:
When you are on the programme there is a very high turnover in staff in one year you could have up to three different adviser(s) on the grounds of the first, second or third adviser have either left the company or got promoted to a different section of the company.
The other issue is of finance let’s say that you have a job interview anywhere in the UK the company has a very limited budget to pay for either a train or coach ticket(s)
Some of the staff are not sufficiently trained and they are limited to give you the best advice in either Local Government or Civil Services jobs and in some cases not sure which is the best websites to look at to receive or give the correct information. Instead they have to depend on their colleague(s).
I’m not saying that they should know all the information but they should have the basic knowledge of how to direct their service users to the services that is required.
When a graduate has been told that they need to attend the work programme by the DWP in my opinion the work programmes I feel are not in a position to direct the graduates to which specialise websites to do their job search or to get the best value of service for the person to gain full-time paid employment.
This going back to the days of Youth Training Scheme(YTS) which was introduced by the Conservatives Party(Nasty Party).
I of the opinion if central government is to tender their services at least check out their employment history of getting youth and unemployed back into full-time employment and just for the short-term but for the long-term.
See article below:
A multi-billion-pound scheme to help long-term unemployed people into work has been branded extremely poor by MPs.
The government’s Work Programme only managed to get 3.6% of the people on the scheme off benefits and into secure employment in its first 14 months, the Public Accounts Committee said.
The government said it was “early days” for the scheme and the committee’s report had painted a “skewed picture”.
But Labour said the programme was “worse than doing nothing”.
The 3.6% of claimants on the scheme who had moved off benefits into sustained employment between June 2011 and July 2012 was a mark well below the target of 11.9% that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) expected to achieve, the MPs said.
The committee’s report pointed out that it was also below the official estimate of how many of those claimants would have found work anyway if the programme had never been launched.
Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the committee, said the programme was “absolutely crucial” for helping the most vulnerable get into and stay in work but its performance so far had been “extremely poor”.
This report underscores the Work Programme’s comprehensive failure to bring down long-term unemployment”
End Quote Liam Byrne Shadow work and pensions secretary
“It is shocking that, of the 9,500 former incapacity benefit claimants referred to providers, only 20 people have been placed in a job that has lasted three months, while the poorest-performing provider did not manage to place a single person in the under-25 category into a job lasting six months,” she said.
The programme was set up in June 2011 to help the long-term unemployed moved off benefits and into sustained employment. It is expected to cost between £3bn and £5bn over five years.
Work Programme providers – largely private companies – are paid on performance. They receive a small fee initially, but most of their fee is dependent on workers staying in their jobs for three or six months.
Not one of the 18 providers has met its contractual targets and their performance ”varies wildly”, the committee said.
“The best-performing provider only moved 5% of people off benefit and into work, while the worst managed just 2%,” said Mrs Hodge.
The committee called for the DWP to take action against the providers that are failing.
‘Creaming and parking’
MPs warned that, given the poor performance, there was a high risk that one or more providers would fail and go out of business or have their contracts cancelled.
The committee shared concerns that providers were concentrating on people more likely to generate a fee, and sidelining jobless clients who required more time and investment – a process known as ”creaming and parking”.
Performance is beginning to build in the pipeline.”
End Quote Philip Curry Employment Related Services Association
The MPs made a series of recommendations, including urging the DWP to identify why the work programme’s financial incentives were not succeeding.
A spokesman for the DWP said: “This report paints a skewed picture. More than 200,000 people have moved off benefits and into a job thanks to the Work Programme.
“It is making a real difference to tens of thousands of the hardest-to-help jobseekers. Long-term unemployment fell by 15,000 in the latest quarter.
“The Work Programme gives support to claimants for two years and it hasn’t even been running that long yet, so it’s still early days. We know the performance of our providers is improving.”
Philip Curry of the Employment Related Services Association, which represents organisations taking part in the welfare-to-work scheme, told the BBC News channel: “The Work Programme is working.”
He warned that the MPs’ report was based on statistics that represented a “limited snapshot” of progress so far.
“The Work Programme has found 207,000 people employment up until the end of September 2012. That isn’t shown in the DWP statistics published in November because to register in those statistics you need to be in employment for at least six months,” he said.
“Performance is beginning to build in the pipeline.”
Katja Hall, chief policy director at the Confederation of British Industry, said that although the Work Programme’s initial results were “disappointing”, gains would come in the longer term.
But TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said the programme had “spectacularly underachieved”, while Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said the programme should be abandoned.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne said: “This report underscores the Work Programme’s comprehensive failure to bring down long-term unemployment.
“Figures released by the DWP decisively showed that the Work Programme was worse than doing nothing.”