By Tom McTague ‘Catastrophic’ back-to-work scheme for families gets just 720 people back to work – out of 88,000


Benefit tales

Bungling ministers spent almost £8million trying to find people from the nation’s most troubled families a job

A flagship back-to-work scheme for troubled families has been dismissed as a “catastrophe” after a Government watchdog savaged its failings.

Bungling ministers spent almost £8million trying to find 88,000 people from these families a job – but managed to get just 720 off the dole. This left taxpayers with a £10,000 bill for each person helped into work on Iain Duncan Smith’s scheme.

The Work and Pensions Secretary had set a target of getting 19,832 on the scheme into work. But a damning National Audit Office report found the “families with multiple problems” programme was missing this target by 96%.

Under the scheme the Government pays private companies to get those from troubled families off benefits. But Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of Whitehall’s Public and Commercial Services union, said the poor results…

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