Work Programme is 'a dismal failure'

Work Programme is ‘a dismal failure’

27 November 2012

The government's disastrous handling of the economy and its failing Work Programme are hitting the chances of the long-term unemployed getting back into work, Unite, the largest union in the country, said today (Tuesday 27 November).

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The dismal failure of the Work Programme in its first year is highlighted by the fact that only 3.5 per cent of those placed in work were still in employment after six months - below the target figure of 5.5 per cent.

"The government may try to spin this as good news, but George Osborne's disastrous handling of the economy, combined with the failing Work Programme is seeing long-term unemployment rising to levels not seen since the 1990s.

“These figures are compounded by the coalition's onslaught on benefits which is creating a climate of poverty and desperation among those seeking work.

“People want to work, but increasingly face a merry-go-round of insecure, low paid, part-time work.

"Scandal-hit companies, such as A4e, will not solve Britain's long-term unemployment crisis. We need an economy based on jobs and growth which gives people sustainable and secure employment."  

These latest figures pinpoint the dire plight of the long-term unemployed which were further highlighted by this month’s jobless figures that revealed that the number of those unemployed for more than two years had increased by 21,000.

Last week, Unite identified a total of 20,000 jobs that were either going to be lost or at risk across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.


For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.