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Working Links & Other Welfare to Work Companies and the Labour Party.

Private Eye exposed connections between Working Links and the Labour Party some weeks ago.

Working LInks had their own ‘fringe’ meeting at the Labour Party Conference. here

But there was more, a lot more.

Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms spoke in front of a Working Links banner. Jim Knight, enviroment spokesman spoke at a Working Links funded event.

Lest we forget why this is of interest,

In his evidence to the (Public Accounts ) committee, Mr. Hutchinson, also referred to serious problems with another welfare-to-work provider known as ‘Working Links’ which runs three major contracts on the government’s £5bn ‘Work Programme’. As a former employee of Working Links, which is partly owned by the State, the private sector and a charity, he told MPs that the level of fraud at Working Links, had escalated to a “farcical situation” but at the time, he’d faced a ‘stonewall’ from management. In his evidence he says that in May 2008, he had compiled a list of 15 different frauds in excess of £250,000 relating to four different tax-payer funded programmes and had warned Working Links  - here.

David Blunkett’s own links with A4E have regularly been exposed on Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Adviser on business development to A4e Ltd; global public service reform. (£25,001–£30,000 per financial year) This involves some travel.

Today another blog cites the latest perks enjoyed by the little lad.

On top of his MP’s salary he is still getting £35,000 a year as an “adviser on business development” to A4e.  He’s held that job since he ceased to be a minister.  It’s purely coincidental, no doubt, that he was the Secretary of State who, in 2006, outsourced the whole organisation of New Deal and handed a huge chunk of contracts to A4e.

Will the Labour Party ever realise that contact with these companies is political poison?

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  1. Working Links are SCUM!!
    November 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm | #1

    Working Links are utter, utter fucking scum!

  2. Obi Wan Kenobi
    November 7, 2012 at 10:18 am | #2

    Here Here!!! So are Ingeus and all the other Private Provider’s.

    All their contracts with the DWP need pulling.

    • Andrew Coates
      November 7, 2012 at 11:16 am | #3

      At the dole queue yesterday (in Ipswich you wait now for around 45 minutes when you turn up to sign on on time) nobody had a good word for all these companies.

      I have yet to meet anybody who’s been on these courses who’s got a good word for them.

      The Labour Party should realise what people think of schemes like the Work Programme, and the Private Providers.

  3. ken
    November 7, 2012 at 11:55 am | #4

    you wont,anyone not up to A4e “job ready” for example is farmed off to a third party which they are affiliated for “support”.from there on expect regular telephone appointments’ regarding what they perceive as issues they see as barriers to (what) work.

    its intrusive,trivial.these people are a pest to those who are tied up in this fiasco.

    • Barr Ier
      November 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm | #5

      “barriers to work”?! yeah, like no jobs!!

      • Barr Ier
        November 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm | #6

        And the one that are are low-skilled, insecure, minimum waged, shitty crap. These are the double-glazing salesc*unts you can’t put the ‘phone down on.

      • something survived…
        November 8, 2012 at 1:09 am | #7

        At least the F***ers can’t phone me as I don’t have a phone. I know someone on WP who has a mobile but lives in a forest and there is no signal there, so he can’t be phoned ‘at home’ either. Has anyone in signal coverage come up with a ringtone for when they do call you and the ringtone can go
        something like ‘fuck the work programme’.

        What if they phone if you are on the toilet.

        The term ‘job ready’ is insulting like you are a package ready to be sent off. Or your mind has been wiped and you’re a blank slate.

        The converse is presumably ‘not job ready’. In other words,
        still in possession of a mind, a will, and a spine.

        Our barrier to work in our city is No Jobs too.

        For disabled people the disability is a barrier and so is the view of employers who don’t want to hire disabled people.

        If you have kids to look after are the kids a ‘barrier to work’?

        Possible barriers to work, ones the WP providers won’t understand:
        - Fixed up to life support machine
        - Unable to see or hear
        -Paralysed from neck down
        -Cancer
        -Can’t stop nicking things!
        -”Return to sender: This person has died”

      • Brain-dead Zombie
        November 8, 2012 at 11:59 am | #8

        The “Job Ready” stamp of approval just means that you have been completely dismantled and re-built from scratch to from a brain-dead lobotomised zombie. That is why these schemes are called “programmes” – they “program” you.

  4. Abolish Working Links
    November 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm | #9

    Working Links sent one of their victims to the docks – he was DECAPITATED!!

    • pauly
      November 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm | #10

      There’ll be no money if you dare to question
      Working in the Tory way
      The truth is up there carved in stone
      Where twenty one dead now lay
      A family’s loss for a few pounds saved
      With everything to lose

      - The Style Council, Everything to lose.

      This song dates from the mid 80s and it refers to the Youth Training Scheme which conscripted hundreds of thousands of school leavers onto 6 month “training” placements. In other words : the kids on these Schemes were forced to work full time for f**k all.

      The Tories might not know their aristocratic arses from a hole in the ground but the sure do know how to give other people’s labour away for free.

  5. We Are All Truly Fucked Now!
    November 8, 2012 at 1:59 am | #11

    So…..why is nothing actually being done about this and all the other DWP sponsored frauds?
    Are they all immune from prosecution? Abusing the poor is the new social model for The ConDemNation? Is this it? We are all going to idly sit back and chat about it until they have taken everything from everybody? Why are none f them in jail? This has all been going on for some time now. Everybody knows, yet nobody actually DOES anything.
    We must be the dumbest ***** in creation. No wonder they are ripping us to pieces at will.

    • Major Fraud
      November 8, 2012 at 11:51 am | #12

      “why is nothing actually being done about this and all the other DWP sponsored frauds?” – they are all in it together.

      • Andrew Coates
        November 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm | #13

        Not the TUC and the unions, and some good Labour MPs, but it’s true that some in the Labour Party still turn a blind eye to this system.

  6. TornadoJay
    November 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm | #14

    working links r bullies and scum they lie and cheat make up reasons to try and sanction u because most off time they dont no what there doing,Im with working links there staff are really bad ive been 6 times so far and i asked for help and asked them to job match me with the kind off jobs i can do and get told we dont do that, i am a disabled person can not walk far or use my right hand very well but ive still been able to work for most of the last 30 years and what kind off job do u think they have asked me to do well its ride a bike around town dropping off food.ive not had one good thing from it like most would say they seem to take the first 400 pound then dump u,im all for getting help to find a job but that’s not what there doing even when i was told i had to do the mandatory work activity and they could not find me any where they tried to sanction me,It needs to stop.

  7. Obi Wan Kenobi
    November 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm | #15

    Iain Duncan Smith is on the very edge of breaking the law with all this and he knows it, he will push things to far and end up being sued by everyone who has had to endure the pure torchure known as The Work Programme.

    I’m sure everyone is waiting for that day to dawn.

  8. Obi Wan Kenobi
    November 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm | #16

    What needs to happen is an independent body needs to be set up with branches in every city in the UK. A body that is in no way connected to the government but has the power to close down or terminate government contracts in respect to individual Private Providers contracts with the DWP.

    It would have a simple format, if you don’t hit the bare minimum of 5.5% in any one month period – Bye Bye – Your shutdown – No second chances.

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