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More than a Million to Face Unpaid Workfare.

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Ipswich Unemployed Action has been warning about the Community Action Programme for some time.

We learn that it now called “Support for the Very Long-Term Unemployed”.

The Guardian (Hat-tip to Tobanem) reports that,

Almost one million people will be forced to work unpaid for six months if a new government work scheme is extended across the country, a thinktank has said.

Under the Department for Work and Pensions community action programme (Cap), which has completed a pilot stage and whose rollout is expected to be announced this autumn, people on jobseeker’s allowance for longer than three years must work for six months unpaid or have their benefits stripped from them.

Two weeks ago the employment minister, Chris Grayling, flagged his intention to introduce the scheme – recently renamed support for the very long-term unemployed – across the country to tackle the rising number of chronic unemployed, driven up by a stagnant economy.

Earlier this year we expressed the fear that, “working with Councils and Charities will replace what could be paid jobs.”

We later discovered that the existing pilots were meant to be of  “community benefit”. But that this “includes benefit to business”.

It’s now clear that this scheme will have every Artful Dodger in the Country trying to exploit the unpaid labour of the unemployed.

The Guardian continues,

Under its lowest estimate, the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) predicts that over a five year period starting in June 2013, 1.78 million people will be unable to find work through the government’s current two-year-long employment scheme, the work programme, even if targets are met.

CESI estimates that of those failed by that programme, 1.35 million will be claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) as opposed to sickness and other types of out-of-work benefits. A further 378,000 people will stop claiming even though they will not have found work. In total the thinktank predicts that between 2013 and 2018, 972,000 will stay on JSA who will have been completely out of work for more than three years and will be eligible to be sent to work for free for 26 weeks.

But if the economy continues to shrink, and current employment schemes fail to reach targets, the number eligible to be sent on the programme could reach 1.06 million.

Calling this ‘support’ for the unemployed is not just an insult: it is a lie.

Is this unworkable?

The scheme will mean people working for well-below the minimum wage, under conditions of compulsion: work or lose your accommodation and means to buy food.

Corporate communism?

Or just plain slavery for a large chunk of the population?


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  1. It is significant that the newly named scheme has the word “Community” removed.

    Communities will not benefit – but greedy corporate business instead.

    Have a look at this link:


    Why are all these unpaid workfare “jobs” suddenly emerging when the claimant count continues to rise at Jobcentres?

    And don’t forget the millions more part-time workers who want to work full-time but can’t find it because not enough proper full-time paid jobs exist in the first palce!


    July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

  2. An answer?

    More evidence has emerged revealing the people who are really profiting from workfare. The Guardian exposed that Conservative Party donors have benefited from £73 million in “welfare to work” contracts, including a scheme which awarded an £800 bonus for every workfare placement organised. Embarrassingly, one of those implicated is the Director of Iain Duncan Smith’s ironically named “Centre for Social Justice”. But we know that Labour are at it as well. More on


    Boycott Slave Labour

    July 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm

  3. get off your ****ing backsides and get some work done! I did workfare recently! In fact I jumped at the chance. I enjoyed it too! I am now heading the dept I did unpaid work in. And guess what else? I get £25k a year also!

    You lot really need a reality check!


    August 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    • Too right, flibbert. I did workfare with a well-known 5 letter supermarket beginning with a T (the sort of establishment the work-shy scroungers who operate this site would no doubt boycott). It was tough at first, back-breaking work and will I readily admit I was angry and resentful and spent the first few overnight stock-replenishment shifts cursing the f*ucking jobcentre and the f*ucking provider, those evil c*unts that “sent” me there. But I soon wizened up and saw it for the life-changing opportunity that it was and grasped it with both hands. I got stuck in, worked my fingers to the bone; prepared to work for six months or for however long it took. And sure enough, my hard work was recognised and rewarded with a post as a Regional Manager on £100,000 + brand-new BMW & series + stock options + bonus + healthcare, you name it. Workfare > Success it can be done providing you are willing to put in the effort and hard work. Grafters like you and I, flibbert are living testament to this fact. Coates and Co. are living testament to the fact that bon-idleness gets you nowhere!

      The Grafter

      August 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      • Great advice, flibbert and The Grafter. The advice to any jobseekers lucky enough to be given the opportunity of a work experience placement is to GET STUCK IN.. WITH BOTH HANDS. WORK, WORK, WORK your finger to the bone. Should the business you are not afraid of HARD WORK. The very, very worst thing you can do is a “Cait Reilyy”, go moaning and whining, complaining about her “yuman rights” and running of to the High Court like a spoilt child twittering on about “Judicial Reviews”. , Don’t be a loser! Don’t be a Cait! Be a Grafter, be a Hard-worker! Be a Winner!


        August 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      • Just like The Grafter I was put on workfare, didn’t complain, rolled the sleeves up and got stuck in, now I’m running the place, good salary, bonuses, etc, and I’ve even got some of these workfare scum working under me now, they so much as look at me the wrong way they’ll be back to the DWP, gross misconduct charge, make something up, long sanction, sort their ideas out, who’s the dole going to believe, them or me. HARD WORK never hurt anybody, look at me, never did me any harm, and workfare is good for profits, good for growth, good for the economy. As for the so-called “disabled”, if they can’t climb stairs or stack shelves or sweep floors then the government should be building workfare workshops for them, places with dorms attached, somewhere out of the way, outer Hebrides or something, St Kilda, where they can make new tellies and assemble mobile phones, out of sight out of mind, good again for the economy, frees up spaces where I can park the new Jag I’ve got ordered. The doleys don’t like it, tough, here’s some WORKFARE, get on with it and shut up.

        Success Story

        August 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      • “The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.”


        “I’m sure I’ll take you with pleasure!” the Queen said. “Two pence a week, and jam every other day.”
        Alice couldn’t help laughing, as she said, “I don’t want you to hire ME – and I don’t care for jam.”
        “It’s very good jam,” said the Queen.
        “Well, I don’t want any TO-DAY, at any rate.”
        “You couldn’t have it if you DID want it,” the Queen said. “The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.”
        “It MUST come sometimes to ‘jam to-day’,” Alice objected.
        “No, it can’t,” said the Queen. “It’s jam every OTHER day: to-day isn’t any OTHER day, you know.”
        “I don’t understand you,” said Alice. “It’s dreadfully confusing!”

        Alice in Wonderland

        August 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    • Bleeding pucka, mate… me n Jules started as lowly workfare kitchen porters… now we own the bleeding place… well, we own a lot of bleeding places n £400 billion in the bank… just bleeding roll up your sleeves n get stuck in…… pucka….

      Jamie Oliver

      August 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      • j”ust bleeding roll up your sleeves n get stuck in”… and you too can be a prize c*unt with a Mockney accent.


        August 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      • I reckon the do courses in Mockney for all ‘trainers’.

        It grates, it really grates.

        As a North Londener…..

        Andrew Coates

        August 9, 2012 at 10:28 am

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