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Conservatives in denial about A4e Work Programme Figures

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Laura Sandys MP (Conservative – but please continue reading!) has stepped forward to defend the Work Programme, continuing with the SWP nonsense. She claims that the media has been “dominated” by Work Programme criticisms ALL WEEK (funny that it was posted on 5th March 2012 – does she read the future or mean LAST week?) for its bullying, modern-day slave labour and benefits to big business.

She names Tesco, Argos, Boots and Debenhams and quotes the “50%” of people have “come off benefits” (with or without a job)… Oh, its on about Work Experience! Not the Work Programme… the former under previous legislation which New Deal was made under, with the latter under the newish Section 17A (workfare).

If she is suggesting that a 50% success rate for the Work Programme, she is having a laugh!  A4e achieved 8%. (Can we even use the word achieved?) A4e managed 8% – with 1.9% outcome. We will report the full break down of those stats later this week (its approx 55% complete) unless A4e manages to halt that with its bullying antics and empty legal threats.

Looks like Laura Sandys will not be elected at the next election. Coming forward in support for something she knows nothing about is seriously pathetic, although this clueless bat intends to confuse taxpayers, or more to the point non-jobseekers, in saying the Work Programme is a success… when its not.

The full article follows:-

Monday, 5 March, 2012

All week, the media has been dominated by criticisms of the Work Programme. Criticisms have ranged from “it’s bullying and exploitation”, or it’s “modern-day slave labour” to “it benefits big business”. And where are these cries coming from? The Socialist Workers Party – the same group which advocates the overthrow of capitalism through a Marxist Revolution!

How disappointing that these criticisms are firstly, intimidating providers into reconsidering their support for young people and secondly, undermining one of the best hopes that young people have to find work in today’s tough economic climate.

With companies such as Tesco, Boots, Debenhams and Argos involved, the scheme invites those on jobless benefits to volunteer for work experience placements for up to eight weeks. Instead of just staying at home and applying for jobs, young people are given an option – a voluntary option to gain some practical understanding of what it is like to be an employee and to boost their confidence. The very routine of working and experience of a workplace is a positive education in itself.

And there are real barometers of success. Since last January, 34,000 people aged 16 – 24 have undertaken work experience and of these, over 50% of participants have come off benefits within 13 weeks of signing up. With such positive outcomes, I have to wonder who people can criticise a scheme which ahs only the interests of young people at heart. Even Sir Stuart Rose, ex-Marks and Spencer Chief – who started out shelf-stacking and sweeping floors – said it was “baffling” that anyone would complain about young people being granted similar opportunities.

I hope that some of our country’s top high street firms will continue to show their commitment to the Work Programme and won’t be dissuaded by the disproportionately loud voices of the minority. These companies have a hugely important role to play in giving young people a chance and breaking that catch 22 which our younger Thanet residents suffer from. They are told they can’t get a job unless they have some work experience and yet struggle to be granted the opportunity! The Work Programme breaks this vicious cycle and offers a practical solution for young job-seekers today.

Conservatives in denial about A4e Work Programme Figures


Written by Universal Jobmatch

March 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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  1. The official media seemed have gone into denial about the protests until good old Sandys came to our rescue.

    Keep it up!

    Long live the Revolution!

    (Tooting Popular Front – Ipswich Branch).

    Andrew Coates

    March 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    • Consently this government denies knowledge, only to be found out to be knowing all along, yet never get punished as any employee would at work.

      For far to long this government has been allowed to mislead us while further dooming its citizens towards poverty. All i see is government constantly passing blame, even amongst themselves to get out of looking the complete failure they are for this country.

      Like Obama, they havent delieved on a single pledge that got them the vote in the first place. They are without doubt the worst government i have ever been under since thatcher whos only way of finding money was in the flogging off of public services which even today have failed to do a better job yet charge 5 times as much.

      I think the public should call for cameron and all other ministers to take a polygragh test to find out for once and all if he/they did or did not know the stuff they say they dont as i believe they did and i want them to be exposed for the fraudsters they are.

      Then we can have them convicted and removed from office.


      March 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

  2. Where was the aticle published?


    March 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

  3. She either does not know what she is talking about or she is simply lying.


    March 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  4. well i found a free course for me to do and its from MIT, how much does the wp cost again!!!


    super ted

    March 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    • Yeah JBS, I am already on the case!! Will be some new content tomorrow regarding them.

      This couldn’t have came at a worst time for them.

      I do know the Guardian as so much more content to reveal this week should they choose to release ALL.

      Work Programme

      March 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      • I do know the Guardian *has* so much more content to reveal this week should they choose to release ALL. They might not if A4e threatens legal action.

        Work Programme

        March 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

  5. A4e said that some of his comments about Job Search sessions were “entirely subjective”,

    errr i have been on this shit for years and id say he is spot on what he is saying.

    “entirely subjective” my ass!

    super ted

    March 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

  6. All 4 Emma

    March 7, 2012 at 1:02 am

    • Its sad. People starting a career at A4e. Nothing to do with A4e itself, a career is a career and that needs to be respected these days, just A4e might not be around long enough to make that A4e job stretch to a A4e career.

      Work Programme

      March 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

  7. From w2w solutions (consultants to the pimps). A spreadsheet breaking down the pimps, mini pimps, mini mini pimps – and so on ad infinitum.


    March 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    • Nice find. Be good to compare this to April’s version when/if its published.. there could be a lot less names, hopefully A4e will be one of them!

      Work Programme

      March 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

  8. there are a number of items in the news regarding workfare,a discussion on lbc radio this morning confirms that ian duncan smith has ordered the police to crack down on protests and there was also reports of violence used against peaceful protesters.





    March 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

  9. I hope they do what they need to do and It isn’t another of those fake promises.

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