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?