Nowhere can one find a definition of a family. However, while conceding that these "family champions" may achieve some good for some people, it must be seen as a dangerously flawed approach.
The Financial Times continues to take a close interest in the finances of the Work Programme. On 23 March it published a letter from A4e's Mark Lovell, disagreeing with the doubts which have been expressed. He says that A4e pioneered the payment-by-results model, and have been very successful with it in Israel. "Working in close partnership with the investment community, we are confident of success in the UK and in the ability of the market to respond to the policies that the government has put in place," he says. But the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, has expressed grave doubts about the programme working at all in his area. In an FT report he says that 3 providers working in competition will just lead to confusion in a contract area which is far too big. The Olympics site is in his borough, and he is worried that the many temporary jobs created by the games will not come the way of local unemployed people. "The prime providers might actively discourage people from taking them because they would not get a significant payment – and those who did take the jobs and became unemployed again could have to go to the back of the queue and start on the work programme again a year later." Excellent point.