Here’s a little ‘heads-up’ for anyone who is interested. This Blog will try to get the figures and see what they show.

Information on how well the Work Programme “helps” people with mental health programme will inform us about its effect on more than half the people in the Work Related Activity Group of Employment and Support Allowance.

Statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) due out [yesterday, September 17] will reveal the number of people with mental health problems who have been helped into a job by the Work Programme.

The data apply to people in the work related activity group (WRAG) of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

We have yet to see them, but if they are anything like previous figures, they will show abysmal success rates – typically just eight per cent of people with mental health problems have found work through the scheme.

The Work Programme is the Government’s flagship back-to-work scheme – but it is failing people with mental health problems.

And if it isn’t working for this group, it’s failing overall, as around half of all ESA claimants are receiving this support primarily due to their mental health.

Source: Work Programme’s ‘punitive approach’ makes mental health worse |

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