But the businesses still rake in millions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash every year
The appalling record of Wales’ work programme contractors can today be laid bare by figures that show they got fewer than one in 10 people a job.
Rehab Jobfit, which covers Wales and south west England, found work for just 3,460 job seekers out of 39,060 referred to them.
The nation’s other provider, Working Links, helped just 3,930 people out of 39,620 referrals.
As the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union slammed the findings the companies were stood accused of being paid for failure.
“The problem with the work programme is the way it is set up,” a PCS spokesman said. “A lot of untested companies like this are able to get these referrals from Job Centres to deal with people that need expert help, advice, and support to get back into work. They are not up to the job. This is emblematic of what is wrong with the work programme.”
Firms rake in millions of pounds in taxpayer cash.
According to Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) documents payments range “from a maximum of around £3,800 for a young unemployed person to £13,700 for someone who has a limited capability for work and, as a result, has been receiving benefits for several years”.
That means Rehab Jobfit could have earned almost £48m while Working Links could have been paid almost £54m for those people they did get into work.
“But they are doing themselves out of money they could be getting on the contract by being such poor performers,” the PCS spokesman said. “One of the problems of paying people by results is that they go and cherry-pick the easiest people to place. That means the people the programme was designed to help are getting left behind because they are too difficult to deal with.”
He claimed the programme was “really poorly designed”. Our position is that it should be scrapped and brought back under DWP control where expert help exists,” he said. “The DWP needs to invest to give people in Job Centres time to spend with job seekers that they need.”
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