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Work Programme figures ‘disappointing’

Official figures from the Department for Work and Pensions have shown only 3.7 per cent of Work Programme participants were found jobs by the Government's flagship back to work initiative in its first 14 months.

A tiny 1.3 percent of those in the hardest to help ‘disadvantaged’ group – which includes people who are homeless – were supported into work.

Crisis Chief Executive Leslie Morphy, responding to the published figures, said:

"These figures are very disappointing, but we are not surprised, as our own research shows that homeless people are receiving very poor quality service from Work Programme providers."

"The Programme’s Not Working" report published last week by Crisis, St. Mungo’s and Homeless Link surveyed homeless people’s experiences of the Work Programme and found many people were not being given the specialist help they need.

Homelessness charities have an excellent track in helping people build up the skills, confidence and experience they need to help them find a job.

Leslie Morphy added:

"We know that work is an effective route out of homelessness and that homeless people do want to work. Crisis urges the Government to find ways to make sure thousands of people whose lives have already been devastated by homelessness are not written off for good."

Read "The Programme’s Not working" full report.

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