Official Statistics

Work Programme – costs to 31 March 2013

Financial information on Work Programme costs to provide additional context for the official statistics.



The Work Programme is designed to help people who are at risk of becoming long-term unemployed. It aims to support people into sustained employment.

The Work Programme is delivered by providers from the private and voluntary sector. Once a claimant has joined the Work Programme, they will be supported by their provider for up to 2 years.

There is public interest in how much the Work Programme costs. Whilst it is too early to make a full evaluation of the value for money of the programme, we are able to publish data on financial expenditure. This data provides a summary of expenditure on the Work Programme up to 31 March 2013.

Due to the fundamental differences in the design of the contract, payment model, types of claimant and in the criteria and classification of outcomes, comparisons with previous welfare to work schemes should be avoided.