A survey by mental health charity Mind has found that a whopping 83% of people who lost their jobs die to mental illness got worse on the scheme
Scheme: Iain Duncan Smith devised the Work Programme, which is said to be failing
The Government’s Work Programme STOPS people getting back to work.
A survey by mental health charity Mind found 83% of those who lost their jobs due to mental illness got worse on the scheme.
Three quarters – 76% – felt less able to work, and 81% who were mentally well when they lost jobs felt ill afterwards.
The Programme, devised by Iain Duncan Smith, is delivered by private firms.
Mind chief executive Paul Farmer said: “If someone is depressed and out of work a CV course won’t help.”
There is also evidence the Work Programme costs the taxpayer. Of 640 unemployed polled, 86% said they needed more support from mental health services.
And nearly one in four – 24% – had been hospitalised or sectioned due to a mental health crisis.