We're told today that unemployment is down just a bit. But long-term joblessness has actually gone up, especially amongst the over 50s, and a great many of the jobs people have managed to get are part-time. And that must be a worry for the Work Programme providers, who can only claim money for full-time job outcomes, and get most money for those who've been out of work longest. There continues to be most emphasis on unemployment of young people, understandably. But that growing army of workless middle aged people has serious implications for society as well.
Grayling has assured us, though, that the WP offers "tailored support". In one of the reports in the papers we were told that the WP is currently showing 30% outcomes; but I can't find that report now, and it may have been edited out of the online versions. Mustn't give anything away too soon.
And what of A4e? The company appears to be keeping a low profile. And Emma Harrison seems to have disappeared. Has her picture been removed from all those walls yet?