Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Campaigning for Unemployed Rights.

A4e Fraud: Your country needs you!

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As more and more people come forward to talk about A4e and its “business practices” – you should too!

If you have any information about:

  • Action for Employment Ltd
  • A4e Ltd
  • Industrial Training Agency Ltd

Either as a previous employee, current employee (where applicable), partner (including w2w subcontractors) and as a “customer”, for any reason including the below examples, do come forward! Report it the the police, DWP, SFO and/or Press. Alternatively (or in addition) you can comment below this article.

  •  Actual or alleged fraud claims
  • Character references of any employee
  • Information on management
  • Facilities and environment
  • Services provided (or not provided)

The DWP and Police are merely investigating the latter “allegations” of fraud… these are so severe A4e Emma Harrison CBE has stepped down from her business as well as her Government role. This isn’t significantly adequate enough for such a corrupt business – which has had over 9 fraud investigations in recent times – we need all people to come forward from early as 1991 and whereas earlier under ITA Ltd, to really get to the bottom of this.

OR, if today under the Work Programme or other contracts, that is equally as important. If the Government makes this investigation a whitewash; there will be a private prosecution.


Written by Universal Jobmatch

February 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm

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  1. I’d add if anybody has information about other Welfare-to-Work companies, or experiences of how their ‘courses’ and placements run, we would welcome hearing from them.

    Posters have already come out with some – keep it going!

    Andrew Coates

    February 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

  2. Please forward also all information to:


    Amelia wrote an article in the Guardian about A4e’s inhumane treatment of participants – and this may be followed up!

    All information will be treated in strictest confidence.


    February 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  3. Just thought I would repost part of a comment I just made in the article below so all “customer” comments are easily located.
    I have been with A4E since July and apart from CV writing and spec letter sessions the only “training” I have received was an NVQ in employability,which despite my protests as it was useless to me (I have twenty years work experience) I was forced to do.
    Even the teacher said to me and my other angry coerced colleagues on the course that we should not put it on our CV as it was useless to anybody who possessed any long term work experience.
    Whenever I ask for training / qualifications I am told there is no funding and no matter what level of work experience /qualifications (degrees) you have you just get the same treatment,spec letters,CV writing,using the telephone,bare bones stuff that only a school leaver or someone with no work experience or qualifications would benefit from,a far cry from the claim of Christopher Grayling that the Work Programme is tailor made for the needs of each particular jobseeker.


    February 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    • Thanks CK.

      I was thinking of your post: Ipswich Unemployed Action is made by these contribitions.

      Lots of us who’re on these schemes have this kind of experience.

      Providers vary a lot.

      Some advisers/trainers seem to do their best and I would not make a blanket criticism.

      The lack of meaningful training is the main problem.

      Not to mention jobs.

      There are of course some very bad companies and very bad trainers.

      Plus a lot of shouty lectures.

      Seeing people told that being unemployed is their fault and that they are not really looking for work is not that uncommon.

      Andrew Coates

      February 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      • Yes it is the training or “one size fits all training” that is the problem,especially when you consider the huge amount of money that has been pumped into this programme. .I am fortunate that the trainers here are pleasant compared to some of the horror stories other people have endured,although the training they have to provide is unsuitable for me and I would say the majority of people I have met here.


        February 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

  4. it appears to relate to vouchers that were intended to cover clothing for interviews,instead they were used by unscrupulous staff for their own gain.


    this is the lowest of the low

    what is overlooked is vulnerable people unemployed/disabled through other providers have to attend their premises.they have to attend knowing full well what is being published and has a totally negative effect on the individual.

    the work programme is a complete mess,a total waste of money.it has taken eight months to be referred to a charity,something the DEA at the job centre could have done straightaway,being on the work programme means access is denied.

    instead dealing with people hundreds of miles away on a telephone appointment,then someone that has poor local knowledge and dealing with conditions of health.


    February 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    • Same reason all the staff have the very latest, fancy mobile phones?

      Working Links are Fraudsters

      February 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm


    Fraud is not new – nor is it limited to one particular company.

    Just over ten years ago in October 2001, almost 300 “training” companies were investigated for fraud over INDIVIDUAL LEARNING ACCOUNTS or ILAs for short.

    See this link for details:


    Yes, just sign the form…


    February 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

  6. i got a doubt on me from ingeus this morning for a failing to to undertake an activity dated back to dec it was for not standing and apologizeing for being unemeployed …..lol …its gettin worse out there these companys are getting away with murder

    john smith

    February 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    • Astonishing! How can this be? Fight the sanctioon doubt to the end. Presumably there were witnesses to this incident. I cannot see that this sanction doubt cannot fail to be overturned.
      Absolutely bloody ridiculous.


      February 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    • Astonishing! How can this be? Fight the sanction doubt to the end. Presumably there were witnesses to this incident. I cannot see that this sanction doubt cannot fail to be overturned.
      Absolutely bloody ridiculous.


      February 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm

  7. A4e – Professionals or Unfit for purpose?

    Fit for purpose?

    ‘My view is that this company has demonstrated that it is unfit to hold this kind of contract’.
    MP Fiona Mactaggart who sits on the Public Accounts committee 2012

    “I have had so many serious concerns and allegations raised with me about what now appears to systemic poor practice and fraud at A4e that I shall be calling on the minister on Monday to undertake a transparent, thorough and urgent investigation,”
    MP Margaret Hodge, chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee 2012

    A “Social Purpose Company”?

    A4e is notorious for its now threadbare pretentions to being a “social purpose” company.


    One whistleblower … said: “I have witnessed colleagues who were bullied by management so badly that it caused stress and depression leading to them resigning.”

    Paying Contractors?

    And The People’s Supermarket, which worked with A4e, said it had not received £15,000 for helping 17 people into work.
    Boss Kate Bull said: “We feel we have been totally used.”

    Touting for Business?

    Supermarket group Sainsbury’s claimed that A4e had “persistently approached” its stores asking it to take on job seekers on unpaid work experience, “against our wishes”.


    “A4e, a training company which is at the centre of an investigation into allegations of fraud, made jobseekers take up the unpaid four-week placements in at least two of its London offices.”

    Several whistleblowers from around the country had already told the Mail about dubious practices at A4e while asking to retain their anonymity.

    You decide.


    February 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm

  8. Just wanted to add my own experience of A4e. Last April I was mandated to do a months ‘voluntary’ work for them in one of their offices in Hammersmith. I was told bluntly that it was mandatory that I do a month’s ‘voluntary’ work while on the the scheme, and that there was no guarantee of a job at the end of it.

    I was there with two other people and we were all made to do actual work. Their filing system was a shambles with their clients information all stuffed haphazardly into filing cabinets, including stuff like NI numbers, bank details and other personal information, despite the fact that none of us had been briefed on the Data Protection Act or made to sign anything to that effect. We had to sort it all into proper files and put them away, basic admin work that people tend to get paid for. It was mundane, tedious work and it was constant, we’d barely sorted the filing system out by the end of the month they were so behind with it. As I was desperate for a job (as were the other two on the scheme) we all worked hard in the hope of getting an offer of an admin assistant job. Towards the end of the month I asked the manager, Vinod his name was, if there was anything going in A4e. He said there was an admin assistant job going in Peterborough if I didn’t mind moving! What planet he resides on I do not know.

    A4e are corrupt as the day is long and Emma Harrison should be prosecuted to the same extent any other mortal would be if they so brazenly fiddled and exploited the system. There are no words to describe my contempt for her.

    Green Garland

    February 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm

  9. The more poor you are, the more devils you will meet – and UK benefit claimants are definitely poor. One of the devils they meet are the “jobcentre advisors” and A4E staff.

    Nalik / Junis

    February 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

  10. Emma Harrison, despite the phenomenal fraud allegation against her, made it seem that ANY work is a priceless virtue. She supported and endorsed the criminalization of the unemployed. The money that went to her, should have gone into offsetting the unimpressive stinginess of UK unemployment benefits.

    Nalik / Junis

    February 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm

  11. The problem is not just related to the workfare programme. This is rife where public money is being available.

    A company that I subcontracted to was listed at companies house as dormant and had managed to convince the council and the umbrella organisation that had gained the contract to provide social enterprise business support. Even though they were not actually trained to do so.

    Their business practices were to use cheque cashing facilities to clear the cheques that were sent to them or to use other peoples accounts to have the money paid into ( without the account holders permission).

    When we blew the whistle, nothing was done by the council, revenue or the police. In fact because the owner is involved as an advisor to the police they actually warned me to not harass her.

    Richard Rochester

    March 1, 2012 at 9:08 am

  12. This time last year, I was with a provider in Ipswich. They sent me to a particular company for an interview. It turned out to be a Call Centre where my PA had previously worked. I of course got the job. Signed off etc. What I did not know nor did one or two others who had come from other providers that the ‘job’ was for 3 days only. Already signed off and applying for Working Tax Credits. Took two months almost to sort all of the shit out again


    March 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

  13. im a previous family member who left years ago, I got out thank god! She was my step sister, note I wrote was: Shes very twisted and intact dangerous. Stay well clear if I was u!!!

    katy le sage-Underwood

    July 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

    • Is this the same Emma Harrison who was responsible for a company called COMMUNITY RURAL AID back in the 1980’s 1990’s ?. I had a run in with her then. I told her a couple of home truths then too.


      July 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

      • I should have added she was if it was her responsible for the jobclubs etc in the norfolk area


        July 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

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