Reacting to the publication, today, of figures revealing the number of people finding work through the Government’s flagship ‘Work Programme’, Alan Downey, UK and Europe head of public sector at KPMG Management Consulting, says:
"Today’s data may be taken by some as an indication that the Government’s efforts to help the long-term unemployed back into work are not working. Such a short-term perspective fails to acknowledge that the Work Programme is an initiative which has made some progress but, like any new programme, needs time to create the impact we all hope and expect to see. The simple fact is that whatever criticisms may be levelled about the rate at which the Work Programme is getting people back to work, for those who have been found sustainable jobs, the programme is still worthwhile.
“The Work Programme also builds on some of the things that the last Labour government was trying to do with its Flexible New Deal, but this is more ambitious in both its scale and the extent to which providers bear most of the risk. Unlike previous schemes, the taxpayer only has to put their hand in their pocket to pay for success once it has been achieved, rather than subsidising a scheme, no matter what the result.
“No one should be under the illusion that finding work for the long-term unemployed is easy, but at the same time it makes no sense to blame either the Government or providers if the employment market proves to a tougher nut to crack than anyone expected. Whilst long-term unemployment figures continue to make grim reading, it is only possible to make judgements about the success or otherwise of the Work Programme because of the transparency about the links between payment and the delivery of outcomes. What we really need to see is the public and private sectors pulling together so that the focus is less on political point-scoring and more on helping people back to work.”
Mike Petrook, KPMG Press Office
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