Work Programme continues to harm people with mental health problems

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10270806_319228004894921_8005540502444686357_nThe Government’s Work Programme is making the lives of people with mental health problems worse, and having a detrimental impact on people’s ability to work, research by a leading mental health charity has found.

A report from Mind said the flagship scheme, which requires people to take unpaid work allocated by contractors or face losing their lifeline benefits, was taking entirely the wrong approach and actually damaging people’s motivation and capacity to work.

The research found that most people who are on the scheme because of their mental health problems reported worsening health issues due to their experiences of it.

83 per cent of people surveyed said the scheme’s “support” had made their mental health problems worse or much worse.

Thelatest statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions(DWP) reveal that less than 8 per cent of people being supported by Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) have moved…

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