Just a quick post on a discussion I came across on a business forum website. It's here.
An employer looking for two part-timers in his warehouse has an offer from A4e. If he takes people aged 18-24 from the WP (he doesn't say that, but it's what it looks like), employs them for 16 hours a week minimum and keeps them in work for 26 weeks, A4e will pay him £1,100 each. He regards this as a government subsidy. The sad thing is that he's reluctant because of the likely quality of the people he will get who have "possibly never had a job in their lives".
Another person explains the scheme but complains about "appallingly slow administration". He also raises the "downside" that someone who is long term unemployed "may find work an unusual commitment". Someone else says that they looked at the scheme but were put off by the paperwork. He also says that "the quality and commitment of some of the 'applicants' was not what we wanted to be associated with." The last comment simply says that you can't trust A4e.
So A4e's reputation is well and truly tainted, which is an impediment to them helping their clients. But worse is the attitude of employers, occasionally justified, that the long-term unemployed are not worth the risk.