Work Programme making a difference in Wales

A government-backed jobs scheme has helped more than 15,000 unemployed people in Wales find long-term work, according to a government statement.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014
A government-backed jobs scheme has helped more than 15,000 unemployed people in Wales find long-term work, according to a government statement.

The figures show 15,370 people have reached the six-month point in their new jobs, or three months for the groups deemed to be the hardest to help through the Work Programme.

In Wales, the number of jobseekers claiming benefits for more than 12 months has fallen by 4,500 over the last year.

The amount of people claiming for more than two years fell by 1,700 in that period.

In the statement, secretary of state for Wales Stephen Crabb said: “Previous schemes too often focused on quick fixes, solutions that helped people get by in the short term but didn’t provide the right incentives to stay in work. As a result we saw problems of long-term dependency in Wales get worse.”

Throughout Britain, more than 330k people have found lasting work through the Work Programme, which was set up in 2011.

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