Tuesday, 25 December 2012
The Problem Is Particularly Stark
Published on 12 December 2012 03:30 PM
Over 55s let down by Government’s Work Programme
"New analysis of the Government’s Work Programme by Age UK shows that participants in the scheme aged 55 and over are finding it harder than any other age group to move back into work.
The problem is particularly stark for people aged over 60. The figures show that of the 9,500 people aged over 60 referred by Job Centre Plus to the Work Programme in the first 14 months of the scheme, only 140 people (1.48%) managed to find a job through the scheme.
For people aged 55-59 the rate was 2.79 %. These figures compare to a success rate for 18-24 year olds of 3.78% and (3.75%) for those aged 25-34. The overall rate is 3.56%."