£2bn job scheme for young ‘is not being monitored properly’, officials say 

2bn job scheme for young is not being monitored properly


£2bn job scheme for young ‘is not being monitored properly’ and may not be having positive effect, officials say

  • Ministers accused of taking a ‘light-touch approach’ to tracking the jobs scheme
  • Report found Department for Work and Pensions had ‘limited assurance’ it works
  • Project pays bosses £1,500 for each 16-24-year-old on Universal Credit taken on










Ministers have been accused of taking a ‘light-touch approach’ to tracking the performance of a £2billion scheme to create jobs for young adults.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has ‘limited assurance’ that the Kickstart programme is having a positive impact, a report by the public spending watchdog said.

The scheme, launched last year, pays employers £1,500 for every 16-24-year-old on Universal Credit taken on. 

It is the most expensive employment support offered by the department. 

But the National Audit Office found the DWP conducts ‘relatively little monitoring’ of whether the jobs created are not replacing pre-existing roles and include the right level of training.

Ministers have been accused of taking a 'light-touch approach' to tracking the performance of a £2billion scheme to create jobs for young adults (stock image)

Ministers have been accused of taking a ‘light-touch approach’ to tracking the performance of a £2billion scheme to create jobs for young adults (stock image)

Meg Hillier, Commons public accounts committee chairman, said given the scheme’s funds, ‘DWP has taken a worryingly light-touch approach to setting targets or tracking performance’.

Gareth Davies, head of the National Audit Office, said: ‘At the start of the pandemic, DWP acted quickly to set up Kickstart to help young people into work when youth unemployment was predicted to rise significantly.

‘However, DWP has limited assurance that Kickstart is having the positive impact intended.

‘It does not know whether the jobs created are of high quality or whether they would have existed without the scheme.

‘It could also do more to ensure the scheme is targeted at those who need it the most.’

The scheme, launched last year, pays employers £1,500 for every 16-24-year-old on Universal Credit taken on and is delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (pictured, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Therese Coffey)

The scheme, launched last year, pays employers £1,500 for every 16-24-year-old on Universal Credit taken on and is delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (pictured, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Therese Coffey)

In its report, the NAO added that the labour market reopened in ways that were not originally expected due to following lockdowns.

It added that there are concerns that jobs might have been created through the scheme which would have developed anyway.

‘As the programme did begin to scale up, the economy was reopening, which increased the risk of Government subsidising jobs that would have been created anyway,’ the watchdog added.

A Government spokesman said: ‘We acted quickly and decisively to establish Kickstart at the start of the pandemic when it was feared unemployment levels would more than double – as this report acknowledges.

‘The scheme has already delivered over 100,000 new life-changing jobs for young jobseekers on Universal Credit who were at risk of long-term unemployment and will continue to deliver opportunities for young people.’

A Government spokesman said: 'We acted quickly and decisively to establish Kickstart at the start of the pandemic when it was feared unemployment levels would more than double - as this report acknowledges'

A Government spokesman said: ‘We acted quickly and decisively to establish Kickstart at the start of the pandemic when it was feared unemployment levels would more than double – as this report acknowledges’



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