In 2010, the Coalition Government launched its Work Programme, which promised to get the long-term unemployed back to work. It was announced as “a revolution in back-to-work support” but built on two decades of experience in commissioning similar services. A number of previous employment services were consolidated into one national programme, outsourced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to twenty-or-so providers. It also increased the degree to which the payments depended on whether people got work and stayed in it. The contracts were let in 2011, and today two or three providers work in each of the government’s 18 “administrative regions”. These providers are free to subcontract work to other organisations, including specialist providers who had skills in working with specific groups, such as those with mental health problems. The success of the Work Programme is not entirely clear, as we reported in our initial assessment of it in 2013. As is too often the case, the Programme was not set up in a way that makes it easy to evaluate because there was no pilot and everyone eligible for support receives it – meaning government has no way of comparing results for those who receive support with […]

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