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The government has published a summary report on the first year of the Work Programme. It is supporting more people than any previous programme by helping people off benefit and into employment. More than half of people who joined the Work Programme in the first few months have spent some time off benefit, and, up to November 2012, according to industry data, more than 200,000 jobs had been started by Work Programme participants.
We are continuously monitoring providers’ performance and some are performing much better than others. DWP will take action with those providers who are not delivering the Work Programme to the standards we expect.