Criticism of Government’s programme for unemployed

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A SOUTH Yorkshire Labour MP has criticised the Government’s current scheme to get unemployed back into work.

Dan Jarvis, who represents Barnsley Central, said the Work Programme has created just 40 jobs in Barnsley Central in the space of a year - and claims Labour’s old Future Jobs Fund, which also subsidised employment placements, was better. He said: “In Barnsley Central, 1,640 people have been referred on to the Work Programme in the year May 2011 to May 2012. Only 40 people have managed to hold down a permanent full-time job as a result of this scheme which is just 2.4 per cent of the total number of people.

“The Labour Government’s Future Jobs Fund, which began in Barnsley, got 169 people across the borough into permanent jobs – a 33 per cent success rate.”

The Government said the cost of every job secured under the Work Programme is £2,000 compared with a cost of almost £7,500 under Labour because the contractors are only paid 60 per cent of their fee once someone is in a job for more than six months.