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YMCA Training New Deal Contract Published

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So, amongst reporting about the failings of New Deal as a whole and numerous other unemployment/welfare issues including new and proposed schemes such as Flexible New Deal and Workfare; you would have read about numerous concerns regarding local New Deal prime contractor (and I hear, also a subcontractor for Flexible New Deal) YMCA Training based at Dencora House and London Road.

Just to recap:

  • Poor conditions at Dencora House and mistreatment of participants (overcrowding etc)
  • Leaking participants confidential information
  • Sending participants on walks (Cambridge) and requesting volunteers in order to run provision
  • Dismissing participants with lies including claiming someone was a breach of Health & Safety obligations for saying “Storm Dencora House” on his blog, but really was down to speaking out about the scandal *before* he started the course
  • Harrassment and Diversity issues
  • Not complying to the Data Protection Act 1998 i.e. overdue information requests
  • New Deal Fraud including timesheet fraud – saying participants are there longer than reality
  • Deducting £4 week without legal authority to do so (advice on reclaiming coming soon)

Read the entire YMCA Training New Deal Contract Here!

Snippet is as follows:

(acting through Jobcentre Plus)




THIS CONTRACT is made on 12 July 2006

BETWEEN (the “Parties”):-

(1) THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WORK & PENSIONS (acting through Jobcentre Plus) whose Head Office is at Mayfield Court, 56 West Street, Sheffield SI 4EP (‘Jobcentre Plus’); and

(2) YMCA TRAINING (No 4379109) whose registered office address is at Head Office, 55 High Street, Banbury, Oxfordshire 0X16 5JJ (the ‘Provider’);


The Provider has agreed to provide the Programme on the terms and conditions set out in this Contract.


Written by Universal Jobmatch

January 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm

9 Responses

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  1. Another major concern is that the YMCA is a faith-based organisation,devoted to “Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and striving for spiritual, intellectual and physical well-being of individuals and wholeness of communities. ”

    I do not want my life to be ruled by any religion, I do not want a religious group in charge of the unemployed even if it run by most wonderful Lords and Ladies Bountiful on the planet.

    Andrew Coates

    January 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm

  2. This is confirmation that the Flexible New Deal is on the way out. And the providers know it, this is born out by the fact that the government can’t get enough providers to commit that it has to get in the rejected and failed YMCA to fill the gap. The Conservatives who will be in power have already commited to axing the farcical Flexable New Deal, and as the true state of the UK’s economy comes out the truth is we can’t affoed this black hole of an idea that sucks in money, does nothing for the unemployed and only serves to massage Gordon Brown’s ego. Far better results could be achieved with a fraction of this money currently spent by helping the unemployed with fares to work etc.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    January 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    • The situation why providers dont commit is due to the providers dominant positions.

      They make a bid under agreed terms, when they are approved and smaller companies are knocked out, they then say they will have financial issues knowing that the Government has to give in otherwise the scheme dont go ahead.

      For example, the changed Flexible New Deal payments.

      Although they have bidded for the contract via tendering process they fully have the powers to refuse to sign any contract which would kill the scheme dead in the water.

      Obviously, the tendering process is down to long timescales which are the same as the proposed start of the scheme; this means the DWP has no ability to retender such contracts at such short notice.

      pathetic really…

      Flexible New Deal

      January 5, 2010 at 5:52 pm

  3. […] Plus, New Deal, new deal contracts, YMCA, ymca training — Flexible New Deal @ 10:14 am So, YMCA Training’s New Deal contract had been recently published and one of the most interesting discoveries was no diversity or harrassment policies were included […]

  4. Having worked for the YMCA as an assistant manager of one of their charity shops, I can assure you that their treatment of tax-paying bona fide employees is little better than that of FND placements ! Contrary to their propaganda, their whole approach smacks more of cowboy style free-market economics; where the employee – wether official or coerced, is dispensible (and very poorly paid)My ‘holiday’ pay even included ‘public’ holidays. This practise of including bank holidays, christmas & easter etc. as ‘paid leave’ is in fact illegal ! Not-so-christian then….

    Lee from M/Cr

    August 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

    • I cant say I am surprised but what did you mean by “not-so-christian”?

      Flexible New Deal

      August 14, 2010 at 11:04 am

      • what i mean by describing the ymca as ‘not-so-christian’ refers to their mission-statement which, as an ex-employee, I was obliged to read. They base their work on spiritual, ‘christian’ values such as helping the homeless yet their business ethics do not reflect this.

        Lee from M/Cr

        August 14, 2010 at 11:33 am

      • Nothing new there… But unlike A4e which can be owned – and is, charities cannot, so apart from big salaries, whats the point in running such a scam of a business?

        Flexible New Deal

        August 25, 2010 at 9:51 am

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