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Jobless Offenders to Face Special Penalities.

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If you’re out of work and get convicted by the courts you will face a special extra penalty under new government plans,


Unemployed offenders face a full week of unpaid work, including the possibility hard manual labour, under plans to toughen community penalties as an alternative to prison.


Instructions will be issued to courts by the Ministry of Justice, urging them to make sure unemployed offenders sentenced to the “community payback” programme work a minimum of 28 hours over a four-day week. They will spend the fifth day looking for work or face losing their jobseekers’ allowance.



Written by Andrew Coates

August 24, 2011 at 10:33 am

Posted in Government, Welfare Reform, Workfare

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  1. Big LOL….. sounds like the work program, god there full of hot air!

    So what happens if you get done while on a placement? do they count this as work within the community…..


    August 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm

  2. It is not legal. I am assume the fifth day is done through DWP and not set by the courts? For example, in order to claim Jobseekers Allowance after having an offence, you must do an extra day a week workfare or be sanctioned?

    I should read the article really…

    Well, if you are doing community payback/community service, then surely you cannot claim JSA anyway?!

    Work Programme

    August 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    • “If you are unemployed and on community payback you shouldn’t be sitting idle at home watching daytime television or hanging about with your mates on a street corner. You should be out paying back to your community… through hard, honest work,” said Blunt.

      What a [Bl]oody C[unt]!! If you are doing community service then you aren’t going to be “sitting idle at home watching daytime television”.

      Work Programme

      August 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm

  3. ….and what extra punishment do the employed receive?

    A bit off topic but….

    Today (26th August) on R4’s Women’s Hour, I heard Lord Digby Jones stating that if teenagers have poor functional literacy, the welfare benefits recieved by their families should be stopped.

    Since when has having poor literacy skills been a crime and just how will making a family homeless allow anyone to improve their literacy?

    Lucy and the Angry Ovarea


    August 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    • Lucy, thanks for that.

      It seems that at the moment right-wing loudmouths think they can come out with the first bit of rubbish that comes into their heads.

      Lord Digby Jones – in any reasonable society he would be shunned, dogs would bark as he passed, and small chidlren would run to their mothers crying ‘Mummy Mummy, the bad man’s come to get us.”

      Andrew Coates

      August 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm

  4. You are right, he is a character of gothic folk tales and the world would be much nicer if he actually was fictional. If only…



    August 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

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