Do the latest work programme statistics reflect your own experiences?

Last week, The Department for Work and Pensions published statistics from the beginning of the Work Programme in June 2011 to the end of December 2013. The headline results included:

  • Performance for the whole programme has remained the same, with little improvement
  • 1.44 million people have been referred to the programme but there has been a 32% decline in referrals compared to the end of 2012
  • JSA groups showed a small (1 percentage point) improvement and are either at or above the minimum performance
  • ESA claimants continue to be far below performance expectations
  • New ESA claimants showed a small increase from 4 to 5% but are considerably below the minimum performance of 9.3%
  • Those who get a job are staying in work for longer than expected – on this measure the Work Programme is doing well
  • Men get more jobs through the Work Programme than women – with the gap increasing
  • Young people are doing exceptionally well, 25-49 year olds not so well, and over-50’s poorly
  • People with a disability are the least successful in getting a job through the Work Programme
  • The Provider performance league table has remained broadly unchanged, but the performance difference between providers increases the longer people are on the programme.
  • On average £577 per person per year is paid by DWP to providers – 14% below that originally estimated
  • Differences in performance across the country has evened out since the last data release

What are everyones thoughts on these findings? Do they reflect your own experiences of the work programme?

Further information about, and analysis of the statistics can be found here.