The Work Programme has failed. We knew that, but Mark Hoban has admitted as much in advance of the performance data being released this coming Tuesday. He has given an interview to the Telegraph revealing that fewer than 5% of clients have found sustained work, and that the companies have to "get their act together". The best Hoban can say is, "I think we can see some positive signs." Doesn't sound good, does it? And the excuses are a bit lame. The economic backdrop is different now, so it's harder to get back into work. And "what work looks like is different as well". I assume that means that there's more part-time and temporary work. It's embarrassingly at odds with the spin put on the employment statistics. There's no apology to the unemployed, of course, those who are the real victims of the failure.
Will Mark Hoban be forced to front the excuses on Tuesday, or will Iain Duncan Smith step up to the plate? And will the media understand the implications and ask the right questions?
An interesting sidelight to the story is the way in which the writer of the article, Robert Winnett, twice refers to A4e's record.