To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
(1) what estimate he has made of savings in out-of-work benefits through the intervention of the Work Programme to date;
(2) what estimate he has made of the number of people in work who would be claiming out-of-work benefits without the intervention of the Work Programme.
We cannot estimate at this stage what the impact of the Work programme has been on benefit receipt or employment. Analyses of previous labour market programmes have relied on matching participants to non-participants within the same time period. This approach would be less effective for a programme which rolled out nationally within a short period in June 2011.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has commissioned a consortium led by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) to undertake an independent evaluation of the Work programme. Part of the consortium is providing methodological advice and peer review to DWP analysts working on an in house impact assessment of the programme.
All reports from the evaluation will be published on the DWP website at: