Is The Government Throwing Money Down The Drain With The Failing Work Program For Job seekers?
I think tat the answer to the question is most definitely yes, the number of people out of work for more than two years – the very people the Work Programme should be helping – has more than doubled since the general election, and the rate that those out of work for more than a year are coming off benefits has halved in the last 12 months.
The Work Program is a waste of Job seekers time as it’s basically just doing the same job search as what has to be done every week to satisfy the DWP requirement for benefit, it serves no advantage to people who have got Internet access at home as it’s just job searching at the providers office.
The work Program is supposed to be there to help Job Seekers find long term sustained employment. I can’t vouch for other providers or there sub contractors, but the provider that I’m with has contracted out the work program in my area to a company called Wise Ability, and Wise Ability claim to want to help job seekers find long term sustained work, but if you take a close look at there website they are an employment agency, and totally ignore your Job Seekers agreement and try to force you into doing production line work regardless of if it’s on your Job Seekers Agreement or not.
Agency work isn’t long term sustained work as you don’t know from one day to the next if you will be earning anything or not. Also with the changes to the Job Seekers Agreement regarding suspension from making a claim etc that the DWP have recently brought in it basically means that you will be stuck in an unstable job that you can’t get out of unless you have got enough money to support yourself while serving a suspension of up to 3 years.
The Labour Party have branded the Government’s Work Programme a “failure” on Monday, as it published new figures showing that the number of people out of work for over two years has more than doubled since the general election.
My call to Mr Cameron is to axe the Work Program and go back to the old in house New Deal scheme that was being used in the past, it would save the Government millions that could be used to pay off some of the country’s debit.
If long term unemployed are finding it hard to get long term sustained work it’s not due to the fact that they are lazy or work shy, it’s due to the fact that the Governments aggressive job cuts in the Public sector have caused that many extra people to loose there job that there is an extra strain on the benefit system, and the aggressive Public Sector job cuts have in-advertently caused Private Sector employers to ether axe jobs or reduce the amount of vacancies that they make available, also in turn there are that many unemployed people that companies that are setting on have got such a huge pool of potential employees that they can afford to be picky with who they hire.
So I ask you Is The Government Throwing Money Down The Drain With The Failing Work Program For Job seekers?