A scheme to help the unemployed find work appears to be failing the most disadvantaged jobseekers, according to MPs on the Work and Pensions Committee.
Their report said support for the mainstream jobless in the government’s Work Programme, launched in June 2011, was getting better after a poor start.
But it said there was growing evidence service providers were “parking” the most disadvantaged people.
The government said it was early days but improvements were being made.
The programme is primarily aimed at getting people who have been unemployed for more than a year into a job.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor
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