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DWP & Workfare… full steam ahead!

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As the National Day of Action against Workfare nears closer this weekend, two very interesting parliamentary Bills are due to be debating within the next 2 months.

The first is the Department for Work and Pensions (Relocation to Leeds) Bill 2010-12 – so descriptive I probably do not need to explain it further!

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to relocate the headquarters of the Department for Work and Pensions to Leeds; and for connected purposes.

It does seem a good idea to move it away from the capital – not just for financial reasons but for political also. The protests against DWP and its policies will be increasing in the years to come.

The second is,  if you didn’t think that the Work Programme, Community Action Programme, Mandatory Work Activity scheme, SBWA, Work Experience etc. was enough, a National Service Bill 2010-12 is to be debated on the 16th March 2012.

A Bill to provide a system of national service for young persons; and for connected purposes.

Probably unlikely to make it past the Second Reading, but youth unemployment is so high, if “young persons” mean school leavers before they have to do this mandatory workfare bullshit, the Tories will probably think its a good idea. Last year sister site WPN reported it had been delayed, as it hasn’t been scrapped in the meanwhile it might stand a chance of Royal Assent.

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March 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

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  1. Yesterday we broke all previous site records: 1,673 Hits.

    Andrew Coates

    March 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

    • yeah, the number of uniques we are getting now is incredible.

      Am currently personally awaiting a DWP press release or Government statement, and some news reports on this information. If history is anything to go by, the press will probably pick it up in a week or so time and not credit the source.

      Work Programme

      March 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

  2. Thats great, Is there any way you could make a postcode search function to see where the nearest protest will be ? I understand there are 24 official protests accross the uk, But I dont really want to have to go into london, although I will.

    I live in hertfordshire, and my freind who is also going lives in essex, Where is our closest protest ??

    and is there a link to the page of places of protest ?

    Not surprised about the maount of hits, As word begins to spread there is much more shock, horror and disgust that this has been going on without realising it for some time ! I will be defending over 25’s mainly at the protest against workfair and mandatory work activity.

    I would very much appreciate a link to the places again please ?
    Thankyou 🙂

    Timothy Silversides

    March 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

  3. National Service? They’re having a larf, aren’t they? The reason National Service never came back was that the military was completely against the idea of a conscript army. They prefer their killers to be career professionals.

    wearenotyourslaves

    March 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    • Indeed but I think it will be more an army of litter-pickers and forced labour in time of disasters.

      The problem is the Bill is rarely presented prior to the second reading. I doubt it will make it but nothing seems to surprise me much any more.

      Work Programme

      March 2, 2012 at 10:08 am

  4. The Welfare Reform Bill became law this week. This is a scandal. Disabled people still face unlimited workfare. The WRAG is not a fit place for disabled people. Sanctions, time limits, workfare.

    Please share and get every one to sign Pat’s Petition at –
    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968
    Share button on the petition

    frances

    March 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

  5. How Long Before A4e changes their name and comes back nastier than ever?.

    none the wiser

    March 2, 2012 at 10:58 am

    • Maybe called A8.6forme?

      JBS

      March 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

  6. Ok thanks for the link, Im a bit nervous about standing with a bunch of strangers protesting, But It has to be done – after all we are in the same stinking boat one by one being mandated as slaves.

    Wish there was one closer to me but Im going to camberidge or milton keynes, still undecided.

    I will be standing up for everyone on these schemes, They think you will be happy to work for nothing ? Great so you keep the benifits your already recieve, Plus travel componsation ? Wow – You might even get a job at the end of it !! Yer right ! They just want a free workforce to do unskilled work at our expense of TIME.

    This TIME is our time, our time to look for work, and get on with our depressing lives, They want Our TIME, when its the only thing we have left !!, £50 a week with bills to come out of that, Food to come out of that, a family to feed out of that £50…….

    No we shant be slaves, Or work for free – If they force me to work for free I might just punch who-ever is incharge to knock some sense into them.

    I have very strong views against workfair schemes, I will get my points accross tommorow, Action must be taken everyone please help by making the same effort I will be making tommorow and get your point accross too, There are loads of ready made groups to choose from . It will be all over the news tommorow, companies will hopefully wake up to the fact its slavery, The word slavery is defined as forced working without pay, Forced to do this work or loose benifits that keep us alive. This is forcing you to either beg on the streets and die of hunger after a few weeks, Or work as a slave. Its that simple, No work ? Die or be a slave.

    Timothy Silversides

    March 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  7. A4E’s site is now down, presumably so they can assess the extent of data compromise and fix it. I have always been rather sceptical of a MSM conspiracy of near silence regarding workfare, but am utterly convinced now. Despite sending A4E’s work programme performance data to at least a dozen journalists, and having seen it mentioned numerous time on twitter, there is no MSM coverage. It seems once something has been through the news cycle that is it, does not matter what a4E do now they are safe because journalists have moved on.

    All 4 Emma

    March 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    • They use cpanel huh? 😀

      Well, this is how amateur they are. Found out the “security breach” like a day later (rather than hours) and pulled the whole site rather than deleting uploads (probably 2 minutes job) or blocking access to those directories (about the same time)

      Its not missed – for the homepage of such a big company, there is hardly any updates EVER.

      I think it might be due to the twitter feed error lol

      Or maybe A4e’s contracts been terminated? LOL, if only…

      Work Programme

      March 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      • Oh correction…
        “mya4e.com A 30 minutes 127.0.0.1 ()”

        Site has been pulled.

        Could be ordered from DWP

        OR

        Perhaps they have referred the case to the police (i.e. claiming it has been hacked)

        Work Programme

        March 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      • Same with A4e which redirects to mya4e.com

        “a4e.co.uk A 30 minutes 127.0.0.1 ()”

        Work Programme

        March 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

  8. If their email is still up I might send them a link to the 300MB zip files containing all the stuff that was openly available for download

    All 4 Emma

    March 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    • You notice the difference between public (DWP) and private (A4e) sectors?

      DWP keeps the documents up but modifies them (in the first instance any how) and A4e just pulls them (once it has all been downloaded and published elsewhere on the web LOL)

      Work Programme

      March 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

  9. They have plugged the info on their website.
    TOO BAD – I NOW HAVE A COPIES OF ALL THERE INFO AND IT WILL GO VIRAL.

    Timothy Silversides

    March 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm

  10. Am still working through the data I pulled down. The ethos behind the training materials is very much about sales: Selling the unemployed as free labour to businesses, selling the idea that free labour is a good idea to the ‘customer’, and selling the lie that this is going to do something to create jobs to idiots in government.

    All 4 Emma

    March 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

  11. THIS COMPANY – http://www.whichfranker.com/ – HAVE 30+ SLAVES WORKING FOR THEM.

    incharge : – Kevin whitehead

    http://jobseekers.direct.gov.uk/detailjob.aspx?sessionid=161fec82-e659-4117-96a2-4d97dc2c8cf2&pid=4&j=LEN/49431

    The job is unpaid !!!!!! – But MAY lead to a job, but You have to be a slave first to find out !

    Phone him and ask him yourself !

    raymond hill

    March 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

  12. THIS COMPANY – http://www.whichfranker.com/ – HAVE 30+ SLAVES WORKING FOR THEM.

    incharge : – Kevin whitehead

    http://jobseekers.direct.gov.uk/detailjob.aspx?sessionid=161fec82-e659-4117-96a2-4d97dc2c8cf2&pid=4&j=LEN/49431

    The job is unpaid !!!!!! – But MAY lead to a job, but You have to be a slave first to find out !

    Phone him and ask him yourself !

    ITS A FAKE JOB PUT UP BY THE JOBCENTRE, ITS ACTUALLY ‘WORK EXPERIENCE’ LEADING TO THE JOB ADVERTISED IF YOU ARE OFFERED A JOB AT THE END. THATS IF………….AND IF….. IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH

    raymond hill

    March 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    • You can tell him he is now ‘on the list. I’ll start investigating and putting an action in place. You should inform him that he has 10 days to cease use of workfare slave labour, or we will make sure his customers know he is exploiting people desperate to find paid employment.

      All 4 Emma

      March 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      • Both Kevin Whitehead and Steve Suckling are Also directors of following Company :-

        Rochelle Capital Limited

        Company Number : 07029820
        Established : 2 years ago Sept. 25, 2009
        Nature of Business : 7450 – Labour Recruitment

        Note the nature of business listed. Labour Recruitment. May be even more to this than meets the eye ? Im looking into this company at moment in more detail. If I find anything more I will post here.

        There is a site where you can check basic company data and get company accounts for free (But not working ok at moment at generating pdf’s it seems). It is http://www.levelbusiness.com . You can get a free account there with any free email address.

        The DISS40 above is usually caused by Companies House stopping strike off as company concerned has not paid oustanding fees to them.

        David Smith

        March 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    • Company is in shit already.

      Name & Registered Office:
      WHICHFRANKER LIMITED
      C/O B W HOLMAN & CO 1ST FLOOR SUITE, ENTERPRISE HOUSE
      10 CHURCH HILL
      LOUGHTON
      ESSEX
      UNITED KINGDOM
      IG10 1LA
      Company No. 07341878

      Status: Active
      Date of Incorporation: 10/08/2010

      Country of Origin: United Kingdom
      Company Type: Private Limited Company
      Nature of Business (SIC):
      6411 – National post activities
      Accounting Reference Date: 31/08
      Last Accounts Made Up To: (NO ACCOUNTS FILED)
      Next Accounts Due: 10/05/2012
      Last Return Made Up To: 10/08/2011
      Next Return Due: 07/09/2012
      Last Members List: 10/08/2011

      Look at filing history:

      DISS40 17/12/2011 DISS40 (DISS40(SOAD))

      AR01 15/12/2011 10/08/11 FULL LIST

      LATEST SOC 15/12/2011 15/12/11 STATEMENT OF CAPITAL;GBP 100

      GAZ1 06/12/2011 FIRST GAZETTE

      AP01 08/03/2011 DIRECTOR APPOINTED KEVIN MICHAEL WHITEHEAD

      AP01 08/03/2011 DIRECTOR APPOINTED STEVEN SUCKLING

      TM02 16/08/2010 APPOINTMENT TERMINATED, SECRETARY WATERLOW SECRETARIES LIMITED

      TM01 16/08/2010 APPOINTMENT TERMINATED, DIRECTOR DUNSTANA DAVIES

      NEWINC 10/08/2010 CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION
      GENERAL COMPANY DETAILS & STATEMENTS OF;
      OFFICERS, CAPITAL
      & SHAREHOLDINGS, GUARANTEE, COMPLIANCE
      MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION
      ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION

      Notice…

      DISS40 17/12/2011 DISS40 (DISS40(SOAD))

      Means dissolution/strike-off action has been halted. Nothing to do with “System of a Down” lol

      GAZ1 06/12/2011 FIRST GAZETTE

      means it was advertised to be stuck off/dissolved… but someone has objected to it with the registrar./ Cannot find out further details without ordering them. likely owed debt and tried to close it down, someone has probably stopped this happening by claiming the company owes them money.

      p.s. I have never heard of them, must be shit… been looking for a franking machine etc. and never came across them.

      Work Programme

      March 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      • Just to say that in Ipswich we are out tommorow on a Defend the NHS Stall (run by local trade unions) in Tavern Street (opposite Boots) from 11.00 am onwards.

        Arrangements predate the anti-workfare campaign – shows how quick things are happening.

        Andrew Coates

        March 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      • Yes, no worries – there will be more anti-workfare protests I can assure you. There is already one planned for latter in the month.

        Work Programme

        March 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      • As the French say,

        Cours, Camarade, Le Vieux Monde Est Derriere Toi .

        Keeping moving comrade, the old world is behind you!

        Andrew Coates

        March 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

  13. They guy says they have no work trial people there currently, but of course they have adverts so they want to get them. Will see where this goes. Seems like some shitty little company desperate to try and stay afloat by abusing the unemployed.

    All 4 Emma

    March 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm

  14. Hi, I have just telephoned Kevin whitehead, He sounded pretty desperate and confirmed he does actually have some jobseekers currently working for him and that he has a few more spaces to fill.
    So http://www.whichfranker.com/ and in particular Mr K whitehead are indeed trying to get jobseekers to work for free.
    I told him that he will be added to the boycott workfair list to which he replied ‘ I dont care do what you like ‘ and then he hung up.
    So yes stick him down on that list, He was very rude and abrupt and I senced some desperation too.

    Tony Byworth

    March 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

  15. hes obviosly changing hes story as he goes along, Try him on 07903 033330. he might get a bit fed up with the phone calls but he seems deluded that all this workfair is a good thing !! Who brainwashed him ?

    Tony Byworth

    March 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  16. It is a good thing *for him*. Not doing the saps he has working for free any favours though.

    All 4 Emma

    March 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

  17. Reply from Steve Sucking…

    “”You are not quite as diligent in targeting the right companies as you claim. I understand your position and to a degree have sympathy with it.

    You asked me a question I could have ignored but I didn’t. We have no one here that is unpaid by us. We have spoken to people who are in a “position” to join us on the type of scheme you deplore but we haven’t pursued it further and probably won’t do so.

    In fact we have met someone who presented themselves as “suitable” to go on the scheme and were prepared to do so(they qualiified by DWP’s definition) and subsequently engaged them on a full employment contract without them doing.

    I for one have become increasingly disillusioned by what on the face of it looks like a good idea but, I must agree, is open to exploitation. There is however, a certain phenomenon that is a positive product of the scheme I think you should consider. It has introduced us to a number of people suited to our company who we would probably not have met otherwise. The candidate we took on would never have applied for a career through our regular recruitment campaigns where we have advertised the basic salary and on target earnings because they believed that sort of package was beyond them. That is to say their self-esteem was so low they didn’t believe they were worth it. We have met with a number of potential “work trial” candidates and this was a common phenomenon.

    I haven’t got all the answers and believe it or not in what I am continually told is a dire jobs market we struggle to recruit good people. We know our industry is tough but we pay good money. I’m not sure you form of mild internet terrorism is the way to achieve what you want though. I wish you luck as long as you motivation is what you lead me to believe it is.

    Rest assured we don’t exploit anyone here.””

    Usual self serving drivel.

    All 4 Emma

    March 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  18. Well done on that ( all 4 emma says )

    so in their statement they admit they are approaching jobseekers and are looking to take on unpaid staff, although mr steve sucking contradicts himself. He says this is internet terorism ! No its not, We are getting the truth out in the open and aim to stop workfair in all shapes and forms, Real voluntary work is fine but when there are threat of sanctions from sombody not taking part in these trials, Then we should have every reason to expose them. Rest assured unpaid forced labour IS Exploitation mr S Sucking !!

    Tony Byworth

    March 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

  19. Lets hope these protests finnish off Dwp slave schemes !

    samantha abraham

    March 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    • Well the Government are in shit quite frankly. They might have to rush through an emergency Bill to revoke ALL schemes due to threats of disrupting the London 2012 Olympics.

      The World will be watching – less easy to police than the Royal Wedding where some 34% of the worlds population apparently watched it.

      No jokes to mention here, us at IUA who only participates in peaceful online blog post writing, will be disgusted to learn if the Olympics were overshadowed by riots round 2.

      Work Programme

      March 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

  20. if the made riots an Olympic sport then we would get a gold medal

    super ted

    March 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

  21. Both Kevin Whitehead and Steve Suckling are Also directors of following Company :-

    Rochelle Capital Limited

    Company Number : 07029820
    Established : 2 years ago Sept. 25, 2009
    Nature of Business : 7450 – Labour Recruitment

    Note the nature of business listed. Labour Recruitment. May be even more to this than meets the eye ? Im looking into this company at moment in more detail. If I find anything more I will post here.

    There is a site where you can check basic company data and get company accounts for free (But not working ok at moment at generating pdf’s it seems). It is http://www.levelbusiness.com . You can get a free account there with any free email address.

    The DISS40 above is usually caused by Companies House stopping strike off as company concerned has not paid oustanding fees to them

    David Smith

    March 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  22. I found the following hilarious!

    Currently, the majority of telephone calls made to DWP contact centres are routinely recorded for legal and training purposes. We do not have the facility to record calls on every service line.

    The following types of calls are not recorded;
    * National Benefit Fraud Hotline;
    * Tax Evasion Hotline;
    * Local Authority Fraud Hotline; and
    * any private partners setup in Business Unit/Areas.

    Either this is a lie (I wouldn’t be surprised) or DWP have their priorities wrong. Why do you want to record a claimant complaining about not being paid while not recording fraud tip offs?

    (Or is it intentional to destroy specific evidence of those reporting? There is a BIG difference between confidential (not anonymous but not disclosed) and secret)

    http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/98208/response/243794/attach/html/2/FoI%203924%2016.01.12.pdf.html

    Work Programme

    March 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm

  23. National service eh?
    In order for that to work,you are going to have to prove to me (as a sovereign ),that their rules,statutes,acts or whatever legislation (their legal/legalese )applies to one outside of their “legal” authority/jurisdiction system(never lawful is it) 😉

    And, based on the fact that no living human can and never could have the lawful (never mind legal)authority over any other living breathing human to command said individual to follow their rules !

    It’s their rules,only those who consent to their rules/legislation can be part of it.And we’re not talking a “certain amount” need to accept it,for it to apply to the majority.This needs each individuals consent ,a bit like a jsag contract .

    kakarot12

    March 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm

  24. you can no longer leave a comments on saint Emma s fb page.

    well i cant anyway

    super ted

    March 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

  25. if kevin whitehead, and steve sucking are working with the jobcentre to create work trials, I think the jobcentre would be interested to know this info ! Good find –

    definately worth investigating, Im sure there are other small companies in similar positions where its do-or-die, might aswell exploit jobseekers to see if it boosts them to where they want to get to themselves – Without paying for workers ! Slaves in other words. Sounds like two rogue businessmen that are prepared to go very Low !

    If these are the type of small businesses David Cameron speaks of ‘ showning interest in joining the shemes’ Then it looks very disturbing……….. especially when they have skeletons in the closet.

    Whichfranker , Kevin whitehead, and steve sucking – and the other businesses they might have running, or indeed Not running are certainly not to be trusted with the vulnerable jobseekers. Im pretty certain exploitation will be pretty bad with this pair whatever company they are posing as.

    Thanks Work programme – great bit of digging !!!! 🙂

    The person who finds stuff out

    March 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

  26. DWP appears to be continuing to:
    * lie
    * distort truth
    * respond incorrectly

    …to FoI requests.

    There was a time they would simply throw their toy out of the pram… and claim some sort of exception. Indeed, they still do, however, its apparent some of the recent answers (on whatdotheyknow anyway) don’t really tally up with the questions. Which is effectively a refusal as many cannot make head or tail to the response.

    Work Programme

    March 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

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