Government jobs scheme gets work for just three in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles

JUST three people in ‘troubled families’ in Bradford have been found work from a Government scheme.

The programme has been hailed as a success by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, who said the lives of 543 city families had been “turned around”.

But, of those 543, only three – just 0.6 per cent – are in permanent jobs, the department for communities and local government (DCLG) figures reveal.

Yet a lack of work is one of seven factors on the Government’s list that trigger a classification of “troubled” if a family displays at least five of them.

The others are: poor quality housing, no qualifications, mental health problems, long-standing disability, low income and an inability to afford food or clothing.

Across the district, just 23 of 1,339 families now classed as “turned around” now have someone in work – with none at all in Kirklees and only three in Calderdale.

Now the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned the scheme is “underperforming”, pointing to “poor co-ordination” after it was launched quickly, following the 2011 riots. Its report agrees there is “evidence that families are beginning to benefit” from a scheme expected to cost £1bn over four years.

But it adds: “There is a risk that the expectations for the programmes will not be achieved. Evidence from programmes similar to that of the DCLG [Department for Communities and Local Government] suggests that local authorities will need to invest further to meet its target.”

Gerry Sutcliffe, Labour MP for Bradford South, said: “We all support the principle of trying to turn around the lives of these families – but you can only do that where jobs are available.

“To help three people into work out of 543 families is not a success. We need to boost the economy and create employment, so there are jobs for these people to go to.”

Only last week, Mr Pickles said the scheme was “on track”, suggesting the lives of more than 22,000 such families had been “turned around” with intensive help. But the NAO also expressed concern that: l Only 62,000 families were currently in the programme across the country - 13 per cent below the number that “might reasonably” have been found.

l A family can be counted as being “turned around” if it shows improvement in just one area.

l Cash-starved councils are spending only the upfront attachment fee on troubled families – not the further sums earned under ‘payment-by-results’.

The programme was launched in 2011 when David Cameron vowed to turn around the lives of 120,000 problem families by 2015.

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11:09am Tue 3 Dec 13

cityofdreams says...

sack all of these idiots now !! its helped 543 families how if only 3 got a job ?? blatant lie and council idiotic beliefs ,,you could tell them the moon is going to go missing and they will believe you..toffee pots !!
sack all of these idiots now !! its helped 543 families how if only 3 got a job ?? blatant lie and council idiotic beliefs ,,you could tell them the moon is going to go missing and they will believe you..toffee pots !! cityofdreams

11:24am Tue 3 Dec 13

allannicho says...

Slowly decrease the Benefits and see what a difference that will make!
Slowly decrease the Benefits and see what a difference that will make! allannicho

11:32am Tue 3 Dec 13

RNJT1970 says...

I seem to remember seeing this article in the T&A a few months ago. They lamented the lack of numbers going for council jobs/apprenticeships
/work experience. Funnily enough when I tried contacting the people named to enquire about openings, i never received any reply!
I seem to remember seeing this article in the T&A a few months ago. They lamented the lack of numbers going for council jobs/apprenticeships /work experience. Funnily enough when I tried contacting the people named to enquire about openings, i never received any reply! RNJT1970

11:54am Tue 3 Dec 13

RollandSmoke says...

Hang on, I thought the reason that people didn't have jobs is that they were all lazy workshy "scroungers" and there were jobs available for all? If with the support of the government throwing vast sums of money at the problem only three managed to find employment what hope id there for those who don't qualify for this help? It would seem that the government and media have been lying through their teeth but when people are stupid enough to believe whatever they are told who can blame them.

"It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled" Mark Twain
Yer right there Markey boy, they're thick as pig muck.
Hang on, I thought the reason that people didn't have jobs is that they were all lazy workshy "scroungers" and there were jobs available for all? If with the support of the government throwing vast sums of money at the problem only three managed to find employment what hope id there for those who don't qualify for this help? It would seem that the government and media have been lying through their teeth but when people are stupid enough to believe whatever they are told who can blame them. "It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled" Mark Twain Yer right there Markey boy, they're thick as pig muck. RollandSmoke

12:05pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Grumpygirl says...

allannicho wrote:
Slowly decrease the Benefits and see what a difference that will make!
The difference will be that they die of starvation and exposure.

Presumably this is what you and all the other Tories want.
[quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: Slowly decrease the Benefits and see what a difference that will make![/p][/quote]The difference will be that they die of starvation and exposure. Presumably this is what you and all the other Tories want. Grumpygirl

12:23pm Tue 3 Dec 13

RollandSmoke says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
allannicho wrote:
Slowly decrease the Benefits and see what a difference that will make!
The difference will be that they die of starvation and exposure.

Presumably this is what you and all the other Tories want.
Yep that's exactly what they want and the more stress and suffering they can cause before they die the better. I suppose when you've got a crap job with crap wages you need to see others wasting away to nothing and dying in large numbers to make it all seem worthwhile.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: Slowly decrease the Benefits and see what a difference that will make![/p][/quote]The difference will be that they die of starvation and exposure. Presumably this is what you and all the other Tories want.[/p][/quote]Yep that's exactly what they want and the more stress and suffering they can cause before they die the better. I suppose when you've got a crap job with crap wages you need to see others wasting away to nothing and dying in large numbers to make it all seem worthwhile. RollandSmoke

12:34pm Tue 3 Dec 13

sorrow&anger says...

You could never trust Pickles even when he was just bossing Bradford around.

Another example of the Government playing with spin, semantics and statistics. If the numbers aren't to their liking they just redefine (fuel and child poverty, inflation) or tell outright lies (immigration, benefit fraud). Expect the Autumn Statement to tell us that the ONS is wrong and there isn't a cost of living crisis. Under the new Tory definitions everybody will be just as well off as they used to be. Makes you feel Christmassy already, doesn't it.
You could never trust Pickles even when he was just bossing Bradford around. Another example of the Government playing with spin, semantics and statistics. If the numbers aren't to their liking they just redefine (fuel and child poverty, inflation) or tell outright lies (immigration, benefit fraud). Expect the Autumn Statement to tell us that the ONS is wrong and there isn't a cost of living crisis. Under the new Tory definitions everybody will be just as well off as they used to be. Makes you feel Christmassy already, doesn't it. sorrow&anger

1:09pm Tue 3 Dec 13

justjustice says...

Three jobs, yep that sounds about right.
Three jobs, yep that sounds about right. justjustice

1:26pm Tue 3 Dec 13

allannicho says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
allannicho wrote:
Slowly decrease the Benefits and see what a difference that will make!
The difference will be that they die of starvation and exposure.

Presumably this is what you and all the other Tories want.
Predictable response!
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: Slowly decrease the Benefits and see what a difference that will make![/p][/quote]The difference will be that they die of starvation and exposure. Presumably this is what you and all the other Tories want.[/p][/quote]Predictable response! allannicho

1:51pm Tue 3 Dec 13

RollandSmoke says...

allannicho wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
allannicho wrote:
Slowly decrease the Benefits and see what a difference that will make!
The difference will be that they die of starvation and exposure.

Presumably this is what you and all the other Tories want.
Predictable response!
What difference do you think it would make genius? Would it create jobs?
[quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: Slowly decrease the Benefits and see what a difference that will make![/p][/quote]The difference will be that they die of starvation and exposure. Presumably this is what you and all the other Tories want.[/p][/quote]Predictable response![/p][/quote]What difference do you think it would make genius? Would it create jobs? RollandSmoke

3:29pm Tue 3 Dec 13

The Hoffster says...

You can't help the BNP/EDL animals.

You just can't.
You can't help the BNP/EDL animals. You just can't. The Hoffster

5:01pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Avro says...

Or how about, not hard to work out what community the BD3, 8 & 9 being cash for crash scammers come from..
Or how about, not hard to work out what community the BD3, 8 & 9 being cash for crash scammers come from.. Avro

4:50pm Thu 5 Dec 13

samosa says...

A glorious Triumph!
A glorious Triumph! samosa

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