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Welfare to work programme failing disabled and ill jobseekers, say charities

Government urged to overhaul Work Programme and refocus on offering support to mentally ill people instead of putting pressure on them to find jobs

Welfare to work programme failing disabled and ill jobseekers, say charities
The government has pledged to help a million more disabled people into work by 2020. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

The government’s flagship welfare to work programme is failing tens of thousands of disabled and ill jobseekers, charities have said.

Ministers claimed latest official statistics showed the Work Programme was transforming the lives of many long-term unemployed jobseekers. But charities said the £5bn scheme was struggling to help people who had been on incapacity benefit to find work.

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