Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

'Poor' back to work plan slated by MPs

The Government's flagship multibillion-pound programme for helping the long-term unemployed into work has been branded "extremely poor" in a damning assessment by MPs.

The influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said that during the first 14 months of the Work Programme, to last July, only 3.6% of claimants on the scheme moved off benefits into sustained employment.