Jobmatch continues to receive complaints and concerns from disabled people and their families about the government’s Work Programme. Now an official assessment has found that the Work Programme is giving priority to “job-ready” claimants ahead of those who have been unemployed for long periods because of sickness or disability.

In the first official evaluation of the £3bn Work Programme, the report, by York University’s Social Policy Research Unit, says private firms, which are paid for getting an unemployed person into a long-term job, are “openly seeing their most job-ready participants more frequently than those with more severe barriers to work”.

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