Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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This is not so widely reported,


“The proposals also build on the government’s “work for your benefit” scheme, forcing long-term unemployed to engage in community work programmes to “earn” benefits.

Participation in community work will be for one year, at the end of which participants will start a fresh back-to-work cycle with a fresh assessment.

The Conservatives admitted that they were basing their ideas for the unemployed on Australia’s “work for the dole” projects.”




Written by Andrew Coates

October 5, 2009 at 10:36 am

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  1. this is always the same,when the banks bust the uk economy and bring the country to its knees,who shall we take it out on and blame the unemployed.

    even more disgusting is the fact they have the sick and disabled in their sights too,everyone the most vulnerable and least able to protect themselves.

    i have just come from new deal scandal where an i am all right jack has posted his views’,i hope he is always so fortunate in life,these people are always the first to complain and demand more when times are hard,such as the bankers that were sacked with a “spokesperson” on itn news stating its time to pay more to them and their families in benefits.

    its a sad reflection in society or it could be said lack of it that divisions like this exist hand have considerably worsened over the past twenty nine years’.


    October 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm

  2. As I said before the unemployed have now been crimminalised and forced to undertake a Community Service order there’s no difference.
    Rather then helping the poorest back to work all the New deal etc achieved is to create the Uk’s equivellent of India’s Untouchable cast, a pool of people at the bottom of society,forced to do the jobs nobody else will touch for employers nobody else will touch or to carry out forced labour “for the public good” (middle England) as penatence, yet denied any way off the dole through any opportunities. In fact it could be argued that the Untouchables are better off as in Indian Society they at least are guaranteed a job for life.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    October 7, 2009 at 10:08 am

  3. Harpy says that all this is just about to get worse,


    Andrew Coates

    October 7, 2009 at 10:10 am

  4. if someone is on one of these schemes for a year and applies for a job what chances are there the employer refuses to consider them as he may be under the impression the community work they have done is one imposed by a court not a compulsory goverment scheme enforced by jobcentre plus
    when i was told to write after jobs the jobcentre “SELECTED” for me i used to enclose a cv which said the NEW DEAL COMPULSORY WORK PLACEMENT this was surefire way of avoiding being considered for the job any other jobs i selected my self were sent a cv without new deal being listed and do you know i usually got an interview for a job which didnt list new deal on my cv but got a rejection letter for cvs sent with new deal listed seems strange does it not?


    October 15, 2009 at 2:05 pm

  5. Mandatory Work Activity
    Identifying claimants suitable for MWA

    3. Given the policy intent of MWA, the following claimants must not be considered for referral to MWA:

    a) currently working (paid or voluntary)
    b) undertaking employment related study / training
    c) taking part in or recently completed* another employment measure (contracted or non-contracted) aimed at helping them move closer to the labour market.


    ECAP Activist

    January 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm

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