Worrying figures this week revealed that 9 out of 10 of the private sector providers of the Work Programme are likely to miss targets to help get people back into work. Private providers are angry and worried because this means they won’t get paid. With 2.49 million people unemployed and rising – it is increasingly hard to find jobs for people, that is why PCS is calling on the government to stop cutting jobs and invest in creating jobs instead. Chris Grayling, the work minister, acknowledged that the biggest threat to the Work Programme is providers going bust.
There are only 2 possible solutions to this problem. Either reduce the targets for getting people jobs – which won’t help the unemployed and which will cost the taxpayer even more – or to bring that work back in house. On every objective test we have proved that civil servants in DWP do this work best – and we don’t do it by profiting from the unemployed or the taxpayer. CMEC have made the right decision this week to keep their work in-house – Jobcentre Plus should follow their example.