The Work Experience scheme is a sensible policy innovation. Giving the unemployed
structure to their days, the chance to earn some experience and learn some skills is surely preferable to doing nothing for them beyond bunging them some money every week. Indeed, I would say that
it was by far the more compassionate policy.
Chris Grayling’s robust response to Polly Toynbee’s
"http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/22/protest-tesco-workfare">criticisms is a welcome example of the coalition taking on its critics. Grayling, who had a torrid election
campaign, has recovered his footing at DWP and the Work Programme he is running is potentially transformative. It is based on the idea that the companies and voluntary organisations involved are
paid by results. In other words, how much they are paid depends on how many people they move from welfare into work and for how long.
Grayling’s stock is on the rise. If Cameron wishes to promote a right-winger to the Cabinet in his post-Olympics reshuffle who has strong managerial skills, he will be a very strong
candidate. Indeed, if he can make payment-by-results work then he’ll have set in place something that could vastly improve the quality of public services in this country.