MPs and journalists, as well as bloggers like me, have been sent many stories about the Work Programme, from employees of the contractors and the clients. When the furore over A4e broke, the stories were mainly about the earlier contracts, and the government was keen to say that it was all different under the WP. It's now clear that if it is different, it's no better. Some of the stories, like the one told to MP Bill Esterson, need further checking. But there's a major problem about publicising most of these stories. The employees need to keep their jobs; and the clients have no option but to stay on the WP. So nothing can be published which would identify them. And if it's all so vague that no one could verify it, then it can't be published. And that tends to mean that the real stories don't get told.
Take the staff member who is being driven into illness by the relentless pressure to meet targets and disregard the best interests of her vulnerable clients. If she does leave her job, the story will be denied by her employer.
Or take the chap who battled to get information from the organisation to which he was referred about why they wouldn't pay for any training. There's a story there I can't tell, for his sake, but it has serious implications for the whole conduct of the WP.
There has been a great deal of publicity about how discontented the charities are. They signed up as sub-contractors and some are now regretting it, but very few feel able to flout the gagging order. Local council groups are also involved.
One complaint which crops up a lot from clients is the lack of skills training. The "black box" model seems to mean that providers can do whatever they like, and Grayling said that it would mean they would do "whatever it takes" to get people into work. But they appear to be refusing to lay out money on the training courses which would enable people to get a job. So the "support" they offer amounts to nothing for most of the clients.
It's not just about A4e. The stories concern all the primes and sub-contractors. And they won't go away.