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We need a Plan B: Richard Johnson on the Work Programme

We also need a plan B. Anyone not finding a job after two years should attend a further year of assistance on a new “Work Programme plus”. It should be delivered through local specialist organisations, providing intensive support, up to 12 months’ work experience and investment in business start-up and growth.

The contracts for the government’s Work Programme were competed for on price

Contractors should be paid according to outcomes, but with contracts awarded on the basis of quality, not price. Much higher payments would reflect the high levels of need, as well as the much greater savings to the state achieved by helping this group.

And a number of charities may go to the wall, such as Leap – in Harlesden, north London – which provides specialist, intensive, local support that has rescued thousands of young people from the streets in the last decade.

Read more in last weeks Guardian

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