The Conservatives admitted the trial of the Supervised Jobsearch Scheme cost more money than it saved
The Tories have scrapped one of Iain Duncan Smith’s pet welfare projects after a trial cost more than it saved, we can reveal.
The unemployed had to spend up to 35 hours every week, for 13 weeks, sat in a supervised office looking for work under the flagship Supervised Jobsearch scheme.
Forcing people to job hunt full time was meant to save cash by slashing unemployment and the benefits bill.
But taxpayers were landed with a bill for an estimated £4million after it became an expensive flop.
The report, which was quietly slipped out last week, said: “The return to the Exchequer of reduced benefit expenditure and increased tax returns are, by a significant margin, insufficient to compensate for the relatively large costs of running the programme.”
And Department for Work and Pensions spokesman admitted the scheme was being axed rather than rolled out nationally.
A pilot from October 2014 to March 2015 involved 2,373 jobseekers in four areas.
But the government lost an estimated £1,600-£1,700 per person who took part.