Yesterday John McDonnell MP asked a very pertinent question of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions - and got an answer! McDonnell asked "what the value was of contracts given by his Department to A4e in each year from 2007 to 2011." Chris Grayling told him that details of the contracts awarded to A4e during 2007 and 2008 were not held centrally (why not?) and it would cost too much to get the information. But he listed the value from 2009. (You can see it on TheyWorkforYou)
Flexible New Deal contracts added up to £157,500,000. MWA comes to £2,656,013. Jobcentre Plus Support contracts (6 of them) add up to £66,470,115. All of which adds up to £226,626,128. And that's without the Work Programme contracts, which "depend on company performance". It's also just contracts from the DWP.
Did we get our money's worth?