Welfare to work failing as workless households soar

Steve expresses serious doubts over the Government’s welfare to work programme, as new figures showed a sharp rise in the number of households where no one has ever worked.


The number of households where no one has ever worked rose sharply in the last quarter of 2011 to 291,000 - a rise of over 7% on the year before. 


Labour has revealed House of Commons library research showing the Government is now set to splurge an incredible £9 billion more than planned on dole payments and housing benefits.


Fresh revelations this week confirm:


  • The unemployment minister, Chris Grayling, was forced to admit that some Government contractors may leave the troubled Work Programme – but he claimed to be ‘relaxed’ about it. The Programme has been hit by allegations of fraud at some of the contractors.


  • The respected Institute for Fiscal Studies said botched council tax benefit changes will ‘severely undermine’ the new Universal Credit set to be introduced in just over a year’s time.


Steve McCabe said:


'One year after the Government’s Work Programme started, we’ve seen the number of people out of work in my constituency of Selly Oak go up by 5.1%. Even worse, young people now claiming Job Seekers Allowance in my constituency has risen by 13.8% on last year. This is truly shocking.


‘Now we learn the number of households where someone has never worked has hit an all time high. It’s fresh proof that the Government's welfare to work reforms are now in chaos.


‘There have been doubts about the effectiveness of the welfare to work programme from the beginning and these figures show it just isn’t working. The Government is spending an extra £9 billion on unemployment and housing benefits. The number of workless households is going through the roof and the Government does not have a coherent plan to tackle this.


'While Iain Duncan Smith has been asleep at the wheel in his department, the Work Programme has started sinking and tax credits cuts mean parents can no longer afford the childcare, or they are better off on benefits. Frankly, its chaos'

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