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Back-to-work schemes are ‘making mental illness worse’ says charity

by admin | 12th December 2014

Back-to-work schemes are ‘making mental illness worse’ says charity

The government’s back-to-work schemes are ineffective and damaging for people with mental health problems, according to campaigners.

The charity Mind says unemployed people with mental health problems should be moved from mainstream programmes onto a specialist scheme.

Mind surveyed 439 people supported by the government’s Work Programme.

The government says it has helped thousands of people with mental illnesses into work.

The coalition government introduced the Work Programme – a key plank in its welfare reform agenda – in 2011. Participants are given support but can face sanctions if they fail to comply with certain conditions.

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BBC News – 11 December 2014

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