Grayling Hands Blank Cheque To Welfare to Work Industry

Bungling Employment Minister Chris Grayling has handed a blank cheque to money grabbing parasites like A4e and Working Links after claiming that the derisory Work Programme performance figures represent a success.

It is unclear whether Grayling’s gushing support for the fraud ridden Welfare to Work companies who run the Work Programme is down to simple naivety or something more malevolent.  With the Work Programme performance figures representing a new low for the Wefare to Work industry, it appears that the Minister has been bamboozled by the sharp talking spivs in cheap suits who run the sector.

In the 90s it was expected that 45% of people who attended Job Clubs or Employment Service Programme Centres would find jobs.  By the time the Work Programme was launched last year that figure had slipped to just 36%.  Now it appears that the Minister is quite happy with a rate of 24%, and this doesn’t even represent those who actually found work.

The Daily Telegraph recently reported that 28% of people would be expected to find jobs under their own steam with no help whatsoever from the Work Programme.  That a mere 24% of people on the Work Programme have come off benefits is therefore a disaster for the scheme which seems to be performing far worse than if the Government had done nothing at all.

It is increasingly clear that the scant help offered by the Welfare to Work sector is directed at those who would have found jobs anyway whilst the more difficult to help are abandoned.  There has been no break down in the figures for those on sickness benefits, ex-offenders or homeless people, the very groups that Work Programme was intended to work with most intensively.

Homelessness charity St Mungos recently pulled out of the scheme after revealing they had not placed a single person into employment on the Work Programme.  This followed the decision of SHP (formerly the The Single Homeless Project) to hand back their Work Programme contract after raising concerns about the ethics of the brutal sanctions regime.

Whilst the charities involved in the Work Programme have struggled financially due to a lack or referrals, the Welfare to Work companies are laughing all the way to the bank.  Despite Grayling’s claims that Work Programme providers are paid only by results, over half a billion has already been handed over to the sector.  The results have been less impressive than if the Work Programme didn’t exist.

Grayling’s continual cheering for dreadful performance figures is merely lowering the bar even further.  So desperate is he to hand over £5 billion of tax payer’s money to protect his political reputation, it now seems that any old crap the Welfare to Work industry comes up with will immediately be rewarded with wads of cash.

Despite the Work Programme, long term unemployment is rising.  The very problem that the Work Programme was established to address is getting worse and all the Employment Minister can do is sing the praises of those fucking it up so dreadfully.

Chris Grayling must be a laughing stock in the boardroom of A4e.  The worse they perform the more the Minister cheers them on.  If he’s not getting a decent kickback from these private sector poverty pimps then he’s even more incompetent then he appears.

As part of the National Week of Action Against Workfare a communications blockade aimed at poverty pimps A4e is taking place today.  Full details on facebook or simply ring their handy freephone number 0800 345 666 and ask them about exactly where the hundreds if millions spent on Work Programme is actually going.

21 responses to “Grayling Hands Blank Cheque To Welfare to Work Industry

  1. “If he’s not getting a decent kickback from these private sector poverty pimps then he’s even more incompetent then he appears.”

    The government pays the providers, who then supply big businesses with free labour, and then both the providers and the businesses donate to the Tory party.

    It’s a way of using tax payers money to fund a political party, without actually saying so.

  2. One assumes what’s really happening, given the dearth of any evidence to the contrary, is Grayling’s actually handing a large cheque to himself, albeit in a roundabout way. Where are the police when you need them?

  3. Eric Greenwood

    What about when he leaves office.. Blunket gets £30,000 A YEAR from a4e.. as a consultant..

    • Eric Greenwood

      From what i know and read they mentioned it in the public accounts commitee it was about £66 million if i recall

  4. He’s definately getting something out of it that has nothing to do with the purpose of the failed scheme. I think you are right John.

  5. “The Daily Telegraph recently reported that 28% of people would be expected to find jobs under their own steam”
    “help offered by the Welfare to Work sector is directed at those who would have found jobs anyway”

    And yet “the help” provided reduces the % even further, LOL.
    Let me take a wild guess. They need more funding???

  6. Their phone number is 0800 345 666..? Six, six, six? Well, colour me surprised.

  7. Ccuunnttss X infinity….the lot of them running the whole corrupt circus.

  8. You are simply wrong on each point. There is either zero truth in each of your points you make or you have misreprented a measurement or figure.
    Shame on your typical left wing bias but I suppose its to be expected. You have no interest in supporting people, rather the perverse desire to keep the unemployed down, so that your ideology prevails.
    Shame on you.

  9. The Daily Mail on the Remploy factory closures, 10/07/2012:

    “Mrs [Maria] Miller told MPs: ‘This is difficult news. We are doing everything we can to ensure that Remploy workers will receive a comprehensive package of support and guidance to make the transition from Government-funded sheltered employment to mainstream jobs.”

    Weasel words. The Government’s going to make disabled people unemployed then force them onto the Work Programme. I can just imagine the kind of “package of support” WP Provider staff will be giving: telling disabled people that it’s their fault they’re unemployed and that they should be cold-calling forty employers a day to try to find work. Good God.

  10. Eric Greenwood

    If they were doing everything they can, they would leave remploy alone. This is just another case of using people to fund private organisations that are failing. How much money will they shove at these schemes, the money could be used to create jobs, but no.. they would rather hand it to private people, I can see this government wanting everyone unemployed, sick, disabled, teens, working for free.

  11. Integrity

    Funny name for someone who supports fraudulence. You clearly have neither the will nor the integrity to analyse the figures nor the imagination to put yourself into the shoes of someone left out in the cold. To lose one important aspect of your character may be regarded as misfortune, to lose both looks like carelessness.

    Do the research thicko.

  12. Next up will be extending workfare so that it is indefinite; “customers” will be forced to do “work experience” for 40 hours a week with claimants being required to spend their weekends; the whole of Saturday and Sunday, (the thought of the untermensch having a weekend off from being exploited, humiliated and demeaned makes them sick to their stomach) searching and applying for jobs that don’t exist and being patronised and lectured by their welfare to work poverty pimps. It’s the complete debasement of human beings for profit and the sadistic pleasure of seeing them impoverished and humiliated.

  13. Hear Hear R32. The Gov is populated by psychopaths-quite literally.

  14. Phoned a4greed and asked “where the hundreds of millions spent on Work Programme is actually going.”. I was peremptorily cut off.
    I phoned again and asked them to justify the statement on their website”For every £1 spent by the Government on our Work Programme services, we deliver back £1.95 in revenue to the taxpayer.”. I also asked for the source of this statistic and why the source is not quoted.
    The person at the other end of the phone was unable to answer but promised that someone will phone me back.
    I’m waiting……..

  15. You’re missing the point.
    The Work Programme provides excellent value to Chris Grayling because:
    1) It isn’t his money that’s being spent.
    2) It removes tens of thousands of claimants from the dire unemployment statistics.
    3) It causes many people to stop claiming benefits. Never mind whether they actually get work or how they’re supposed to support themselves without benefits, so far as Grayling’s concerned, that’s a result.

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