Despite overall unemployment suspiciously falling, the number of people out of work for over 12 months has risen by 3000. This continues a three month trend which has seen overall unemployment going down but long term unemployment rising. The number of people out of work for over two years rose by 18,000 in the last three months.
Over half a billion pounds has been handed out to private sector companies such as G4S and A4e as part of the Work Programme, the Government’s flagship scheme aimed at finding jobs for those out of work for over 12 months. Today’s figures conclusively dispel any claims from the lying Employment Minister Chris Grayling that the Work Programme can be considered a success.
Whilst the scheme has seen claimants forced to sleep under bridges and welfare to work contractors mired in fraud allegations, it appears to be having no impact whatsoever on long term unemployment and may even be making the situation even worse. Meanwhile social enterprises are going bust due to the bungled payment structure, whilst the DWP has indulged in endless chaotic wriggling about the exact nature of workfare on the Work Programme.
Early performance figures have shown less long term unemployed people are finding jobs than if the Government had done nothing at all. Even the recent G4S Olympics farce may yet turn out to have the Work Programme as a contributing factor.
The Work Programme is doing nothing more than lining the pockets of inept welfare to work firms whilst the DWP bury their collective heads in the sand. The Work Programme is not working. No-one is getting job. Charities are being financially strangled. Long term unemployment is rising. Workfare has been rejected by both the business community and the public alike. And yet still Chris Grayling is throwing tax payer’s money round like confetti seemingly oblivious to the desperate mess he is making.
He won’t be happy until the full £5 billion, the total budgeted cost of the shambles, has all been squandered. Rarely has there been an example of a Government so desperate to give away billions of pounds and quite happy to receive nothing in return.
Whilst benefit cuts and austerity are plunging millions into poverty, insecurity and even homelessness, Work Programme contracters like G4S are handed endless cash to prop up the failing scheme. Even if the joke security company don’t take the money they were promised for fucking up the Olympics they will take millions more for fucking up the Work Programme. And Chris Grayling will no doubt cheer them along as the thieving corporate bastards make off with yet more of our money.
In other news Pizza Hut are the latest company to deliver a humiliating snub to Chris Grayling after announcing they will no longer be involved in workfare schemes. More details from Solidarity Federation.