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Michael highlights new figures that show the new Work Programme has been a comprehensive failure for people in Barnsley

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has said that the Government’s Work Programme is comprehensively failing to get local people back to work in Barnsley, with only 3.6 percent of applicants going on to gain employment.

The Government said that the Work Programme would provide “tailored support for claimants who need more help to undertake active and effective jobseeking”.  But in Michael’s constituency of Barnsley East, out of the 1690 people referred to the Work Programme between June 2011 and May 2012, only 50 people have gone on to get a job. 

Overall, only 3.6 percent of applicants in the Barnsley local authority area have gone on to secure employment.  
    
Commenting, Michael Dugher MP, said:

“These figures reveal the Work Programme is just not working and has been a comprehensive failure for people in Barnsley. 

“The government’s flagship scheme is getting just 3.6 percent back to work in Barnsley, which means that the programme is doing even worse than if people had done nothing.

“Meanwhile there are 2,130 people in Barnsley who have been out of work for more than a year.  And there are 5.6 claimants chasing every single vacancy.  This new system is clearly letting people down and the time has come for decisive action.  

“The Government should be working with employers and saying government will pay the wages, if you they pay the training and mobilise business to get our young people working again.  That's the way we can really reform welfare, pulling together as One Nation and each taking and delivering on our responsibilities.”

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