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Work Programme Bonanza For Private Contractors.

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The disabled may be squeezed, JSA’s value may go down and down.

But one group of benefit bludgers is doing nicely.

Here is just a sample:

2010-05-07 JOBCENTRE PLUS A4E LTD 2,630,945 GBP full entry »
  2010-08-05 JOBCENTRE PLUS A4E LTD 2,615,737 GBP full entry »
  2010-07-01 JOBCENTRE PLUS A4E LTD 2,518,567 GBP full entry »
  2010-04-09 Employment Programmes A4E LTD 2,447,159 GBP full entry »
  2010-05-11 Employment Programmes A4E LTD 2,447,158 GBP full entry »
  2010-06-10 Employment Programmes A4E LTD 2,447,158 GBP full entry »
  2010-07-09 Employment Programmes A4E LTD 2,447,158 GBP full entry »
  2010-08-10 Employment Programmes A4E LTD 2,447,158 GBP

More Here.

Indus Delta reports that the next wave of people-doing-very-nicely out of the Dole will be made public (here),

In a written Parliamentary Answer (Citation: HC Deb, 18 May 2011, c196W), Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, has committed the government to the ‘transparency agenda’ for Work Programme contracts.

Details on Work Programme contracts will be available on the Contracts Finder website – a free new service on Business Link to find opportunities to supply goods and services to government – once they have been signed.

Contracts Finder is part of a series of government measures aimed at making it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and third sector organisations to find and apply for public sector contracts. It will become the main source of government opportunities worth more than £10,000.

Documents published on Contracts Finder relate to both live and closed opportunities with government departments and agencies:

  • Live opportunities are still open for businesses to bid for.
  • Closed ones are no longer open for bidding because the procurement process has moved on to the next stage. 

For further information visit the Contracts Finder.


Written by Andrew Coates

June 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

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  1. I take it the P in GBP means pence?

    No? I didn’t think so…

    A4e are considering raising capital through becoming public to further grow their little dominant semi-global network… something which can become risky as all bad news risks the share price!

    Work Programme

    June 3, 2011 at 10:54 am

    • It’s Great Britain Pounds, er. I think

      What struck me was just how much money is being poured into these companies.

      Their owners must be minting it.

      Like the private care homes.

      When will we begin to hear stories about A4E and others abusing vulnerable people?

      Andrew Coates

      June 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      • Yeah, I was just hoping it was pence not pounds lol.

        Most of their contracts are in welfare-to-work which they are already abusing people but as they are unemployed it gets overlooked.

        I just see it all as too big of an expense just to assign people from “unemployed” to “employed” in the statistics.

        If the Government sends over just £50 million to Ipswich Unemployed Action we can easily spend the money while people get formally assigned as “employed”.

        In fact, they could simply do Flexible New Deal at the Jobcentre… extend a 3 minute signing on appointment to 8 minutes every 2 weeks… much cheaper and the same gets done.

        I was at TNG the other week, and its the same old, 2 minute appointment every 2 weeks simply booking in the next 2 week appointment and the weekly jobsearch sessions.

        Even when the adviser poorly tried to explain the Work Programme through a long discussion I was only in there for 10 minutes. Totally pointless for me to attend it and especially when I seem to know far more about it (which isn’t much) than the adviser.

        They are set as 30 minute appointments and rarely exceed 5 minutes. just another hoop to jump through. TNG etc. are laughing as they were paid top heavy service fees for myself etc. before I even attended.

        The Government needs to stop such abuse of the unemployed AND taxpayers’ money!

        Work Programme

        June 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm

  2. I was unemployed in January and when on my first and last visit to the job centre they asked me about my skills. I told the woman interviewing me that I can speak fluent German. She then scanned her computer & said “oh here is a job you can apply for. They are looking for someone who can speak Spanish.” I was taken aback & I repeated that I could speak German. Then she looked me straight in the face & said, “Its another language though, isnt it. Why not contact them anyway & see what happens.”

    J Bourg

    June 3, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    • J Bourg, the jobcentre is desperate hencem if you can speak German you could probably manage enough Spanish to get by.

      They asked me if I had GCSE in Maths, and when I replied “yes”, the advisor said “Good, A4e are looking for a Financial Director”. No wonder the jobcentre is more commonly referred to as the jokeshop!

      A4e Protest

      June 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      • Surely it’s someone with CSE Maths who does the government’s financial monitoring of A4E?

        Andrew Coates

        June 4, 2011 at 9:35 am

  3. Wealthy Council Tenants Could Lose Homes

    Council house tenants who earn more than £100,000 could be evicted under plans being considered by the Government.

    Council house tenants who earn more than £100,000 could be evicted under plans being considered by the Government.

    At the moment, residents are given a “secure tenancy” which means they will only lose their home if they fail to pay rent or are evicted by a court.

    Under the new proposals, local authorities could be given new powers to force out wealthier residents in an attempt to reduce waiting lists and ensure people get the homes they need.

    Housing minister Grant Shapps told the Daily Telegraph it was right to consider whether people on salaries of £100,000 or more need to have their rent “subsidised by the taxpayer”.

    “Social housing is an expensive and scarce resource which should be targeted on supporting those in real need,” he said.

    He accused Labour of allowing waiting lists to double while they were in power.

    Ministers believe 6,000 of the approximately eight million people who live in social or council housing could be earning six-figure sums.

    This may include individuals such as RMT union boss Bob Crow, who is reportedly paid more than £100,000 but still lives in a council property.

    Prime Minister David Cameron suggested he was in favour of ending the principle of “homes for life” last year but warned: “Not everyone will support this and there will be quite a big argument.”

    A move of this kind would be designed to appeal to squeezed taxpayers who feel they are subsidising people who do not deserve it.

    But criticisms of the proposal are likely to include fears it will be costly and complicated to implement, may cause thousands of residents anxiety and could act as a disincentive as people might worry a bigger salary or better job will lead them to lose their home.

    If the law is changed, local authorities and housing association landlords may have to administer the plan and check who is too wealthy to keep their council property.

    They may be given strict rules for how to assess income, but there could be claims of a “postcode lottery” if each area is able to set its own guidelines.

    Social housing rents tend to be substantially lower than private sector prices.

    The taxpayer subsidy on a four-bedroom property in London could be as much as £70,000 a year.

    Sky News

    June 4, 2011 at 10:24 am

    • Just wait until Bosnia joins the EU!

      Rex Von Reason

      June 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

      • Is someone trying to stir up a riot in this country?

        There seems to be a policy at work of forcing the indigenous population from their homes to make way for the influx of immigrants. I have a feeling that Mr and Mrs Indigenous population will be rather miffed to be freezing to death in a field somewhere while Mr & Mrs Immigrant laughs in their face. Around my area all the decent properties are being given to immigrants. And there is no way that anyone on £100,000 i.e. a doctor etc. will be living in a council property. This is the thin end of the wedge, a means of introducing a draconian policy which aims to force the working class from their homes, all in all just another devious mechanism which plays on race and social divisions to destroy what is left of social housing.

        Ticked Off

        June 4, 2011 at 10:59 am

      • Similar thing happened in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) mate… the White farmers were “resettled” (forced at gunpoint) from their farms), and the Blacks supposedly took them over. These farms are now just wasteland. The UK is heading in the same direction. The UK is toast!

        Ex-Rhodesian Farmer

        June 4, 2011 at 11:16 am

  4. I think its fair. Council homes are designed in-effect as a last resort to homelessness.

    I do not believe in a “council home for life” that doesnt take into account of changes in circumstances over the years.

    This said the plans of very short term stays in general is disgusting. I think a term of 15-20 years, perhaps even 10 years, is reasonable. 2 or 3 years isn’t.

    Work Programme

    June 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  5. Council houses were meant for to provide a good muncipal alternative to bad private landlords, and the slum conditions that existed (and are coming back) in rented accommodation.

    The homeless go through quite a hard route to get a tenancy.


    June 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm

  6. Britain’s Livelihood Crisis

    Thirty years ago, Britain moved from welfare to market capitalism, on a promise of economic dynamism and renewed efficiency. The result
    has been rather different. While those at the top have become very rich the disappearance of many middle-paid, skilled occupations and an ongoing squeeze on wages has led to a poorer, more divided Britain. This pamphlet
    deconstructs the different elements that, together, have led to ‘Britain’s Livelihood
    Crisis’, before setting out the changes that government, business and unions must make if we are to deliver more wealth and greater



    June 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

  7. TUC: Wage stagnation over decades as income gap widens

    Many people in middle and low income jobs have barely seen any improvement in their incomes over the past 30 years, a report from the TUC says.

    Low income workers have seen their pay rise by 27% in real terms over the past 30 years but rises for the top 10% of earners have been four times higher.

    Its report found a “sharp divide” in earnings growth between professions.

    While medical practitioners saw a 153% rise since the late 1970s, bakers’ wages fell by 1%.

    Wages grew by over 100% for judges, barristers and solicitors, while they fell by 5% for forklift truck drivers and 3% for packers and bottlers in the same period.

    Its report, called “The Livelihood Crisis” by Stewart Lansley, says there has been a steady growth in “bad jobs”, offering poor wages and job security.

    It says there are almost twice as many people now earning a third less than the median compared with 1977.

    It added that a significant proportion of workers have received little if any financial benefit from the doubling in size of the British economy in the last 30 years.

    ‘Radically transform’

    TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “People often cite the recession as the source of this income squeeze but a livelihood crisis has been brewing in Britain for decades.

    “The financial crash has exposed decades of limp wage growth offset by soaring household debt.”

    Mr Barber says the nation’s entire economy needs to be radically transformed.

    “The financial crisis should have led to a fundamental economic rethink but instead our discredited model of market capitalism has somehow emerged unscathed.

    “Far from making the changes that we need, the coalition is instead introducing more punitive measures against those on low and middle incomes.

    “Unless we radically transform our economy – from recasting the role of the state to prioritising a fairer distribution of new wealth and jobs – we will simply be storing up more problems for the future.”

    Rise in real earnings % 1978-2008 (male full-time)

    Medical practitioners 153

    Judges, barristers, solicitors 114

    Secondary school teachers 67

    Quantity surveyors 65

    Accountants 60

    Welfare/social workers 60

    Median (mid-point of sample) 57

    Electrical and electronic engineers 55

    Bricklayers 37

    Architects; town planners

    Mechanical engineers 34

    Skilled motor mechanics 34

    Carpenters and joiners 30

    Plasterers 30


    Heavy goods vehicle drivers 19

    Bus and coach drivers 11

    Sheet metal workers

    Bakers -1

    Packers, bottlers, fillers, canners -3

    Fork lift truck drivers -5



    June 6, 2011 at 9:31 am

  8. In Leamington there are 2 choices of placement for the Single Work programme- stacking shelves in Tesco or stacking shelves in Sainsbury on offer.


    June 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    • Linds,

      I’ve lived in Leamington, or Royal Leamington Spa as it is known.

      Perhaps you could launch a reality TV programme to rival Fairy Jobsmother by starting a business for the out-of-work bottling the mineral (salty) water from the tap they had by the Pump Rooms?

      Andrew Coates

      June 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

  9. Social housing spare rooms a luxury – welfare minister

    Spare bedrooms for people in social housing are a luxury the country can no longer afford, a minister has said.

    Tenants with spare rooms will lose £11 a week in housing benefit under changes going through Parliament.

    Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours the cuts were needed as the housing benefit bill was “out of control”.

    But the policy depends on moving families into smaller homes and critics say there are not enough available.

    Spare bedrooms for people in social housing are a luxury the country can no longer afford, a minister has said.

    Tenants with spare rooms will lose £11 a week in housing benefit under changes going through Parliament.

    Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours the cuts were needed as the housing benefit bill was “out of control”.

    But the policy depends on moving families into smaller homes and critics say there are not enough available.

    ‘Very unfair’

    Asked by You and Yours presenter Julian Worricker, if a spare bedroom should be regarded as a “luxury” for those in social housing, Lord Freud said: “Exactly – we have got a housing benefit expenditure that is simply out of control.

    “It’s very unfair for taxpayers to have to fund people to live in property that’s larger than they can afford themselves.

    “And also that means that people don’t make the same choices, and are faced with those choices, that they would if they were non benefit recipients.”

    According to the Welfare Reform Bill, those currently living in social housing with one spare room can expect to lose £11 a week while those with two or more extra rooms may lose around £20 a week.

    The proposals aim to address the shortage of social housing by matching families to the right size of accommodation but critics argue that there simply aren’t enough smaller properties available.

    Figures from the National Housing Federation suggest that around 180,000 social tenants in England are “under-occupying” two-bedroom homes, but just 68,000 one-bedroom social homes became available for letting in a single year.

    The legislation will affect England, Scotland and Wales and is expected to come into force in April 2013.



    June 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    • So anyone in ‘social housing’ can be driven from Pillar to Post.

      Like Dicken’s Joe the Street Sweeper all they’ll hear is “Move on, Move on, You can’t Stop here!”

      Andrew Coates

      June 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

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