Alarming figures out this week show that the Tory-led Government’s back-to-work scheme, the Work Programme, is clearly failing.
In the two years since the Work Programme was launched, nearly 900,000 people on the programme haven’t even started a job. That means three quarters of the unemployed people on the scheme haven’t even started a job, and half of young people have still to get a single day’s work out of it, at a time when almost a million young people are unemployed.
This is a disaster for those who are out of work. But it is also a disaster for the taxpayer who has to foot our growing benefits bill which is now £20 billion higher than the Government planned.
We can’t go on like this. We need urgent action to bring the cost of social security spending under control for good – starting with Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get the long term unemployed off benefits and into a real paying job they would be required to take or lose their benefits.