So, here's an interesting fact:
The DWP paid the private company A4Ee a total of £41 million between June 2011 and June 2012. This money was for the DWP's work programme where various organisations are paid to find jobs for unemployed people.
But, as reported by Channel 4 FactCheck, out of the 93,000 people A4e was paid to find work for, only 3,400 of them actually found sustained work. That means the taxpayer is paying out something to the tune of £12,000 for every unemployed person got into work.
Now, I'm pretty sure that that is most definitely not what would be considered value for money. And the really shocking thing is that, to comply with the DWP contract, A4e would only need to have found jobs for 5,115 of the 93,000 on its books. So, to put it another way, the DWP is quite happy to pay a private company £8,000 per person to get them into work through the work programme.
Well, here's an idea, how about we spend that money on more staff at job centres and better training for them so they actually have the time and skills to help people find work. Or how about we pay a tiny fraction of that money to unemployed people in the form of vouchers to help them train and get qualifications which would make them more employable?
But we're not, of course, because, while the tories running the DWP love the idea of stripping benefits from those who can't find jobs in a time when there are more unemployed people than jobs available in order to save money, they clearly don't see anything wrong with paying exorbitant sums of money to the private sector to do fuck all to get unemployed people jobs.
Seriously, did no one in the DWP at any point sit down and do the maths on the contracts? Is no one there bothered by the manifest failure of the work programme to achieve anything worthwhile?
The mind just boggles at this kind of waste of taxpayer money.