Jobs and Social Security

Part of Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:19 pm on 28th November 2012.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 4:19 pm, 28th November 2012

I am afraid that prompts the question why the DWP set the target in the first place. Indeed, yesterday on the television news that I watched, the Secretary of State made great play of the fact that the Work programme was only in its first year. However, the fact that the targets were set by the DWP was somehow missing from what he said yesterday. Indeed, they were targets for the first year. The challenge only gets greater in the second year. If the hon. Gentleman looks at the tender documents that the DWP put out, he will see that in the second year the Work programme has to get 27.5% of those on jobseeker’s allowance into sustainable job outcomes. That is about 10 times what the Government have managed to deliver in the first year. So I am afraid the argument that the Work programme is just warming up simply will not do.