Turning Point responds to Work Programme statistics

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In response to the statistics released today by the Department for Work and Pensions, John Mallalieu, Turning Point's Director of Employment services said;

"The increase in the number of people finding sustained employment through the Work Programme as evidenced in today's statistics is good to see.  However, the fact that the number of people receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who have been helped into work is well below the minimum contractual performance level is a huge concern. 

We need to ask if the Work Programme is helping those who are most disadvantaged, the individuals who are hardest to help into work.  A real worry is that the hardest to help jobseekers could be being 'parked 'by some providers who chose to focus, for a variety of reasons, on those closer to the job market.  It is clear that positive results for those who are hardest to help will take longer to materialise but we need to ensure that individuals are accessing the right services for their needs, without this, we are unlikely to see the programme succeed."