Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to Work Programme figures released by Employment Related Services Association, said:
“These alarming figures now show something is very seriously wrong with the Work Programme. Two years since it was launched and nearly 900,000 people on the programme haven't even started a job.
“It’s now crystal clear the system is failing - and the Government isn't fixing it. Three quarters of unemployed on the scheme haven’t even started a job, and half of young people still haven’t found their way into a single day’s employment.
“This simply isn't the serious long term reform of social security we need. We cannot go on like this - a million young people are out of work, unemployment is higher than at the last general election and the benefits bill £20 billion higher than planned.
"We need urgent action to bring the cost of social security spending under control for good - starting with Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get the long term unemployed off benefits and into a real paying job they would be required to take.”<div>