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The Work Programme impact assessment

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This report presents an impact assessment and accompanying cost-benefit analysis of the Work Programme, which was live between 2011 and 2017 in England, Scotland and Wales.

The programme offered support to a wide variety of people out of work, however this study focuses on individuals aged 25 years and older who had been in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit in the Searching for Work conditionality group for 12 months.

This group formed Work Programme Payment Group 2, the largest group of Work Programme participants. Work Programme providers were free to design their own services based on their assessments of individual and local needs and were paid primarily for supporting claimants into employment and helping them stay there.

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This report presents an impact assessment and cost-benefit analysis of the Work Programme.

The Work Programme: A quantitative impact assessment

This report analyses how participation in the Work Programme affected employment and benefit outcomes, and gives a cost-benefit analysis based on these findings.

The Work Programme ran between 2011 and 2017 in England, Scotland and Wales and offered support to a wide variety of people out of work. This report focuses on individuals aged 25 years and older who had been getting Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit for 12 months and required to search for work.

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