You are clearly missing this point right at the top of the article:
an ex-prisoner into work and keep them on for more than two years,
They are paying them £5,600 to keep them in work for two years. Do you not understand the sheer costs involved if that person wasn't given a job and decided that he was at wits end again and had to commit crime? The investigation and court proceedings alone would be far higher than that cost.
I think some people only see what they want to see instead of actually taking a second to read it fully. I deal with burglars, alcoholics, addicts etc etc on a daily basis and some of them are genuine people who are stuck on a cycle of despair. A scheme like this could help them come out of it and take them away from the life they had and save the taxpayer a LOT of money.
I won't continue as I will end up in a rant but I am absolutely fed up of the general public casting opinions on things that they CLEARLY do NOT understand.