Fareham MP Mark Hoban in firing line over back-to-work programme

Hampshire MP in firing line over back-to-work programme

Hampshire MP in firing line over back-to-work programme

First published in Politics Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

FAREHAM MP Mark Hoban is in the firing line over the poor performance of the government's back-to-work programme.

Figures released today show that of the 800,000 people to have entered the flagship Work Programme, just 31,000 have stayed in a job for over six months.

Under the scheme, private providers are paid for the number of job seekers they manage to get back into work.

The success rate of 3.5 per cent was below the 5.5 per cent target.

Mr Hoban, the Employment Minister, said improvement notices had been sent to a number of organisations involved in the programme, asking them to come up with plans to improve their performance.

He said that 56% of people who joined the scheme have come off benefits, with one in five of the earliest participants spending at least six months off benefits.

He added: "Some are hitting the standards we expected, others have some way to go. The challenge for providers is to turn more job-starts into sustainable work.

"No one should under-estimate the challenges some of the providers face in getting some of the hardest-to-reach back into work."

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1:37pm Tue 27 Nov 12

sotonbusdriver says...

It is not surprising that the success of this Work Program has been poor.
Atos and DWP have rendered many people fit to work, when in fact they are not fit at all...
This program is then offered to get them back into the work place, but their illnesses are such that employers find that they are not suitable for medical reasons...
Till those that are of ill heath are sorted properly, and this government realise that just because you can wake up, and blow your own nose, your are not necessarily fit to find employment....
There are a lot of people that their health varies so much each day that, they might be able to work 1 out of 7 days, but they cannot foretell what day it is that they will be ok...
It is not surprising that the success of this Work Program has been poor. Atos and DWP have rendered many people fit to work, when in fact they are not fit at all... This program is then offered to get them back into the work place, but their illnesses are such that employers find that they are not suitable for medical reasons... Till those that are of ill heath are sorted properly, and this government realise that just because you can wake up, and blow your own nose, your are not necessarily fit to find employment.... There are a lot of people that their health varies so much each day that, they might be able to work 1 out of 7 days, but they cannot foretell what day it is that they will be ok... sotonbusdriver
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1:44pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Solomon's Boot says...

Really?...Based on what evidence?
Really?...Based on what evidence? Solomon's Boot
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1:57pm Tue 27 Nov 12

southy says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
It is not surprising that the success of this Work Program has been poor.
Atos and DWP have rendered many people fit to work, when in fact they are not fit at all...
This program is then offered to get them back into the work place, but their illnesses are such that employers find that they are not suitable for medical reasons...
Till those that are of ill heath are sorted properly, and this government realise that just because you can wake up, and blow your own nose, your are not necessarily fit to find employment....
There are a lot of people that their health varies so much each day that, they might be able to work 1 out of 7 days, but they cannot foretell what day it is that they will be ok...
Afternoon Councillor, I agree with most of your post, but you missed out on a part, some medications that people are on like in the pain killer Tramadole is just one of them, you would be covered with the Government Work Program Insurance which is paid for by the tax payers, but when program comes to and end for a person at six mths, the company will not pay for the extra cost in work ilbilbity Insurence, and companys only use these people as a form of cheap paid slave labour.
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: It is not surprising that the success of this Work Program has been poor. Atos and DWP have rendered many people fit to work, when in fact they are not fit at all... This program is then offered to get them back into the work place, but their illnesses are such that employers find that they are not suitable for medical reasons... Till those that are of ill heath are sorted properly, and this government realise that just because you can wake up, and blow your own nose, your are not necessarily fit to find employment.... There are a lot of people that their health varies so much each day that, they might be able to work 1 out of 7 days, but they cannot foretell what day it is that they will be ok...[/p][/quote]Afternoon Councillor, I agree with most of your post, but you missed out on a part, some medications that people are on like in the pain killer Tramadole is just one of them, you would be covered with the Government Work Program Insurance which is paid for by the tax payers, but when program comes to and end for a person at six mths, the company will not pay for the extra cost in work ilbilbity Insurence, and companys only use these people as a form of cheap paid slave labour. southy
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12:08am Wed 28 Nov 12

jazzi says...

ilbilbity Insurence ?????? Im lost !!!
I get the overall jist of your assumptions. I just lack the ability to understand why this is news.
ATOS is paid per person they get employed for a minimum 6 months. So this is no quick fix, just shuffling the unemployed or even the unemployable.
But hey it fills pages for the above to bleat about.
ilbilbity Insurence ?????? Im lost !!! I get the overall jist of your assumptions. I just lack the ability to understand why this is news. ATOS is paid per person they get employed for a minimum 6 months. So this is no quick fix, just shuffling the unemployed or even the unemployable. But hey it fills pages for the above to bleat about. jazzi
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12:27pm Wed 28 Nov 12

userds5050 says...

ATOS don't run the Work programmes. They're run by A4E and Maximus in Hampshire. Maybe if you spent less time bleating about the above you'd know this.
ATOS don't run the Work programmes. They're run by A4E and Maximus in Hampshire. Maybe if you spent less time bleating about the above you'd know this. userds5050
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