Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Forced Labour Pilot for Young People.

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The DWP says,

Young people who have never had a job or little recent work experience will take part in a new programme to help them escape a life on benefits, Minister for Employment Mark Hoban announced today.

The new trailblazer, designed and run by Jobcentre Plus in Derbyshire, will help around 2,000 18 to 24 year olds in the district gain the experience and skills they need to find their first job.

Those 18-24 year olds who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for more than six months, yet have gained little or no recent work experience – something that is seen as vital in today’s job market – will have to take part in the eight week programme. They will be expected to do 30 hours of work for the benefit of their communities and will also receive six hours of intensive job seeking support per week.

The scheme will be mandatory, so anyone refusing to take part without good reason will face losing their benefits.

The programme is funded by Jobcentre Plus and will be delivered by TGB Learning who will be working to the ‘payment by results model’ the Government has now introduced.

So, “18-24 year olds who have claimed Jobseekers Allowance for more than six months, but who have little or no recent work experience, referred for a mandatory 8 week work experience programme. Participants will be required to complete 30 hours of work “for the benefit of their communities” and six hours of intensive job seeking support per week. Anyone refusing to take part without good reason will face losing their benefits.”

And, “This latest addition to the vast suite of programmes now available, is unlikely to be welcomed by action groups who already object to “work for your benefits” programmes and actively protested throughout 2012 against the Mandatory Work Activity programme and voluntary work placement programmes already on offer.”

 

We wonder why? 

Well there’s this:  

TGB Learning,

TBG Learning is one of the UK’s leading providers of youth and adult learning.

Established in 1986, TBG Learning is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rehab Group, an Irish independent, not-for-profit organisation. Throughout its history TBG Learning has focused upon meeting the needs of disadvantaged people and has contributed to a whole range of programmes designed to reduce unemployment in the UK.

It’s a strange group that ‘meets people’s needs’ through forcing them to do unpaid work.

And what of this last year?

The Sunday Times can reveal that the Rehab Group, Ireland’s largest disability-services charity, has received more than €365m from various state agencies in the past five years.

More than €33m of it came from the Charitable Lotteries Fund, set up to compensate charities for income lost to the National Lottery. Rehab’s total income from the fund since it was established in 1997 exceeds €75m.

It emerged three weeks ago that Angela Kerins, chief executive of Rehab Group, has an annual remuneration package worth more than €400,000. The charity, which employs 3,500 people and has a €200m annual turnover, says senior executives’ salaries are not drawn from state funds.

There is now a disagreement between Rehab and the Department of Health over an ultimatum issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE). On March 29, the HSE told charities in the disability sector they were to sign formal agreements requiring full financial accountability by April 11, or lose their funding.

This was settled.

But what of Workfare?

Will this be a pilot for the ‘Support for the very long term Unemployed Workfare scheme?

 reported in the Guardian in July,

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.

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Written by Andrew Coates

November 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

18 Responses

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  1. Yet another scheme to hide the unemployed.

    frank_begbie

    November 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  2. hang on a minute! this sounds very much like… the Work for Your Benefit pilots they were going to have trailed down here… and I seem to recall it was the same company TGB Training who bid for it!

    6 hours a week supervised on Universal Jobmatch? Torture!

    Universal Jobmatch

    November 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  3. scarecrow78 :
    I watched QT last night. What a shame the benefits discussion was left until the end. I would have loved to see IDS have an aperplexy – or at least lose his temper a little more. “Getting them off benefit is what we’re going to do” says IDS – by means fair or foul, and at any cost to those subject to that bastard’s “reforms”…

    That’s why they left the benefit discussion to the end though, IBS’s head would have ended up on a spike 🙂

    QT Viewer

    November 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

  4. QT Viewer :

    scarecrow78 :
    I watched QT last night. What a shame the benefits discussion was left until the end. I would have loved to see IDS have an aperplexy – or at least lose his temper a little more. “Getting them off benefit is what we’re going to do” says IDS – by means fair or foul, and at any cost to those subject to that bastard’s “reforms”…

    That’s why they left the benefit discussion to the end though, IBS’s head would have ended up on a spike

    Yep, I supsected as much too at the start. “Save the best til last” as the old saying goes. But IDS does not like it when people answer back to him.

    scarecrow78

    November 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

    • That’s what we were all waiting for (as if the programme’s producers didn’t know 🙂 ) … we would have happily sat down to 50 minutes of IBS being roasted on a spit 🙂

      TV Viewer

      November 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm

  5. IDS has now shown the public his true nasty side on what he actually thinks (LIVE) on Question Time, regarding anyone claiming benefits, he was almost snarling, on the very edge of swearing (I really wish he had).

    It was like, HOW DARE YOU QUESTION WHAT I’M DOING. – Did you notice right at the end as the credits were going up, he was looking down at the desk as if to say – Damn I really shouldn’t have done that – well IDS IT’S TOO LATE NOW – every viewer saw you and will now be drawing their own conclusions.

    And so you continue to be a massive embarassment to David Cameron and the Conservative Party – how much longer can it be before your kicked out? – I really think you need to ask yourself this after last night’s fiasco.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

  6. Oh by the way IDS – you better get used to this sort of questioning because there’s gonna be a hell of a lot more of it coming your way from now on.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

  7. Surprising story for the DM to cover – research shows having a poorly-paid, insecure or otherwise shitty job can be as bad for you as unemployment. Who was it who used to say “work is good for you”? James Purnell? Well it seems he may have been wrong!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2237371/Hating-job-bad-health-unemployed-researchers-warn.html

    scarecrow78

    November 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm

  8. job centre played their part changing lives,shoving them off at their convenience for reducing unemployment figures since the 80’s,the changes are reducing their money and aggravating their already poor health.

    even today those who are supposed to be paid to find people work are grumbling that some shouldn’t even be on the work programme in in effect writing them off to their faces.

    duncan smith is useless in a debate as he is in all his roles past and present.

    ken

    November 24, 2012 at 1:36 am

    • what is it you guys REALLY want ???????????

      NOT KEN

      January 9, 2013 at 9:16 am

      • AS THERE HAS BEEN NO ANSWER TO POST #15 I GUESS YOU DON’T KNOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        PUZZLED AND CURIOUS

        January 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm

  9. Puzzled And Curious is right. Looks like somebody stole your scrabble set….. Lost for words are we What!

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    January 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

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