A spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions admitted the results were disappointing, but said it was too soon to measure how well the programme would work. She said (yes, the telegraph did say spokesman when it is a woman concerned - tad non-pc that - no?) "This is why our Welfare Reform Bill sets out new powers so we can ensure people are required to engage with our work programmes".
So, having wasted a billion pounds of taxpayers money, they are now introducing another bill that should, logically, have been introduced at the time the Rt. Hon. Andrew Smith presented the Pathways to Work Bill to Parliament in November 2002.
One wonders how much of our money the Government can waste with the Welfare Reform Bill, prior to getting their P45?