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Community Work Placements.

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Boycott Workfare announces,

Community Work Placements are the workfare part of the ‘Help to Work’ scheme. This was announced by George Osborne in September, and will begin in April next year. The other parts are daily attendance at job centres (for 35 hours per week) and compulsory training.

This means that once again we’re seeing ads for workfare subcontractors that target the Community & Voluntary Sector. While some charities (e.g. YMCASalvation Army, The Conservation Volunteers &Groundwork) are dedicated workfare exploiters, many others say they do not support workfare, but still end up helping to deliver it. The supply chain is so (deliberately) complex, it can disguise what’s going on.

The government’s Information Pack for Delivery Partners  contains these details,

From April 2014, Community Work Placements will be one of the three intensive options available through Help to Work support for  Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants (JSA) returning from the Work
Programme. This will be available alongside the Mandatory Intervention Regime, an intensive offer of adviser support currently operating in Jobcentre Plus, and daily signing.

Six months on a work placement will provide the opportunity for claimants to develop their vocational and employability skills, to add significant experience to their CV, and to demonstrate their capabilities
to employers. The associated jobsearch will help them use these skills and experience to secure paid employment as soon as possible.

We have evidence that the placements will help claimants: evaluation of a trailblazer run in 2012 found that taking part in Community Work Placements had a positive impact on jobseekers’ confidence and workrelated ambition, and led to them spending fewer days on benefit than a control group.

The evaluation also found that job satisfaction and the work routine of placements resulted in increased motivation to work, even among participants initially opposed to the idea of a work placement.

These are the criminal exploiters who are eligible to bid for forced labour in the East of England, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; Cambridge, and Suffolk; Essex; Norfolk.

A4e Ltd
Atos IT Services UK Ltd
Avanta Enterprise Ltd
Ingeus Deloitte Ltd
Learndirect Ltd (formerly JHP Group Ltd)
Maximus Employment and Training Ltd
Reed in Partnership Ltd
Remploy Ltd
Seetec Business Technology Centre
The Corporation of Newcastle College



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  1. After the announcement that the referral fees are going to be knocked on the head as of april, I don’t think many private providers will even want the unemployed referred to them by JCP to get them any kind of work placement/MWA (never mind a 6 month one).

    Just think the private providers will have to do the same amount of work they do now for free, no more £400 to £600 referral fees – the word free when it comes to money is not in any providers vocabulary.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

  2. We hope that it will fail, but they’ll probably find some money to throw at it.

    Andrew Coates

    November 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

    • There’s always money I the government kitty when there’s a pointless project to waste it on


      November 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    • There is indeed money in Community Work Placements. See page 7 of the Community Work Placements Specification document (available on the Refuted website, link given below):

      “Payment model

      1.30 The payment model will comprise four payments:

      • A Start fee;
      • A Short Completion Outcome fee;
      • A Long Completion Outcome fee; and
      • A Job Outcome fee.”



      November 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  3. So the slave auction begins. I hope there are riots when they try to force people onto these schemes.

    Samwise Gamgee

    November 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

  4. I’m an atheist would that give me me legal grounds to contest being placed with the ymca or the salvation slave drivers?


    November 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    • Already tried.

      Doesn’t work.

      Andrew Coates

      November 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      • … but I am neither young, a man, or a Christian! Does that count me out? lol


        November 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    • Yes, in theory at least. But as you know, god loves atheists too. Lol.

      Mr No

      November 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      • Or go, and spend all your time there preaching atheism, satanism, or homosexuality – and of course promoting the human dignity of single mothers and female sex workers.

        Or go, but dress as a goth.

        something survived...

        November 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  5. i will offer them 11 hours of my time in exchange for JSA. If thye don’t like it tough.

    Tough for me that is! Lol.

    I will not be adding forced exploitation to my CV!

    Mr No

    November 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

  6. Any word on whether claimants will be forced to attend daily signing out of their own pocket?

    ghost whistler

    November 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    • I’m on PWPS. My JCP adviser told me that for daily signings the JCP would pay bus/train/petrol. But for would have been my regular signing day, i.e. once a fortnight, I would continue to pay. What happens from April onwards, I’ve no idea.

      jj joop

      November 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      • If you go back in time to the 1980’s and 1990’s there was something called the COMMUNITY PROGRAMME. Land clearing Ditch digging Graveyard clearing AND Working in charity shops. In Kings Lynn and Downham Market this was policed by the Borough Council Community Rural Aid And Nacro By the way Community Rural Aid was Called Community Rural Aid Projects till they worked out the acronym. It all sounds very familiar, this time though there’s no mad scientist and a Delorian in sight


        December 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

      • I have heard you got paid for doing the Community Programme.

        Not like today’s work-for-free schemes.

        Andrew Coates

        December 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

  7. Charity shops aside, what employer in their right mind would want to take a slave labourer on? Sure a few will, but I don’t think there’s going to be the 200,000 Osborne envisions.

    jj joop

    November 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm

  8. they tried the go every day to the jcp so said bring it on that will cost 30 quid a week and soon backed off and just go 1 time a week now.

    also had a fuel allowance of 4 quid paid in to my account for the times i had to go not on my signing day but takes 3 days to go in to my account and my hit squad adviser has sacked me n sent me back to the main office advisers 😉

    super ted

    November 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    • they sign most people fortnightly and all slots are full, so there’s a backlog. They don’t have capacity at our JCP to sign everyone daily, or even weekly. They’ve been laying off staff, starting with the ones whose number of sanctions handed out is lowest. It’s so deserted you can wait all day to see somebody, can’t get anyone to come and help you, and see staff sleeping at their desk or reading magazines or doing their nails. Often the security guard himself isn’t sure if there’s anyone from the DWP there to see you.

      something survived...

      November 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    • I questioned that one and was told they didn’t have the resources to pull people in daily.


      November 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm

  9. Just completed MWA,how it was considered “Good for the Community” evades me,we packed orders for a private mail order company,sadly my ability to count seems to of decreased daily,so to avoid confusion and risk upsetting the customers,I sent 2 items rather than 1,better safe than sorry! In one instance I stupidly sent a gross of sun glasses rather than a box(1) I openly admit that it is my fault and will understand if they deduct the cost from my pay check….Oh wait I don’t get paid!

    John Ray

    November 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    • Brilliant! I hope many more follow your excellent example. Exploiting forced labour should cost these exploiters. I look forward to a rash of slippings and trippings with the resultant letters from Injury lawyers for you.


      November 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    • I’ve just had a eureka moment! I’ve been getting little extras in my shopping delivery from Tesco lately. Instead of one single pack I’m getting one multi-pack and even things I hadn’t ordered. I received a 1 Litre bottle of Jack Daniels once! It must be someone on Workfare getting their own back on their exploiters!!

      Exploited One

      November 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  10. Good point, we should consult the law and make sure we have as many grounds as possible to claim against these companies who are happy to use forced free slave labour. The one thing they really hate is people filling in the accident book so make sure you have as many cuts and find as many “Potential” mishaps as possible, when they refuse to let you record the information….sue them (Or threaten to)
    Make things as difficult as possible !


    November 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    • It’s amazing how clumsy I get when I feel I’m being exploited! I always seem to find dodgy health and safety issues. Accidently tripping over unsafe cables is my all time favourite. That’ll put your back out for months.

      Exploited One

      November 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      • Yes ”Heavy” Boxes and dust when you are a registered asthmatic send them into a panic mode too

        The Weather Man

        November 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

  11. If they send you to a dildo factory, send dildos to David Cameron. And a gag to shut him up.

    Send a dick and suggest Cameron stick it on his head because he’s a knobhead.

    If mailing things to the religious far right, ‘accidentally’ send them interracial gay porn.

    If stacking shelves, put everything in totally the wrong place.

    If sent to a ‘care’ facility, order takeaways for the residents and charge it to the ‘care’ manager.

    If you have hacking skills, get a computer job, and hack the government’s personal data. Fuck up their credit rating. Forever.

    If they make you pick up roadkill, throw the roadkill into the knobcentre.

    Aluta continua.

    something survived...

    November 15, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    • Dildo’s – Brilliant!

      Send a few to every coalition MP’s wife and a shed load to female MP’s Whitehall offices – Don’t forget number 10.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      November 16, 2013 at 10:30 am

    • Apre Moi le deluge

      The Weather Man

      November 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

  12. May I remind your readers that it is your civic duty to report any breaches of health and safety that you witness in the workplace to the appropriate authorities namely the Health and Safety Executive. And if we find any evidence of wrong-doing we will come down on the offender(s) like a ton of bricks!

    Health & Safety Officer

    November 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    • Health & Safety Officer. What Happens If Police Inspektor Or Police Officer ”Wayne” Is our Supervisor

      Unhappy Participant

      November 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      • Whether “W” as part of the “Fashion Police” turns up as either, “Trinny or Susannah”, who could possibly tell the difference? The mind boggles.

        “‘Elf and safety” that’s Legolas innit? (Ok, that’s an old joke).


        November 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm

  13. May I inform readers/contributors to this blog that impersonation of Government Ministers on social media websites is now a CAPITAL offence. This Legislation can and WILL be applied retrospectively.

    We are working for you

    Iain Duncan Smith MP

    Iain Duncan Smith MP

    November 16, 2013 at 12:27 am

    • You’ve been impersonating a government minister for years. Go hang yourself.


      November 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm

  14. May I inform all readers/contributors to this blog that anyone who loses a place on a government workfare/employment scheme as a result of misconduct may lose their JSA/UC for a period of 13 weeks for a first offence, 6 months for a second offence within twelve months of an initial offence, and for 3 years within 6 months of any previous failure. This is designed to discourage any acts of disobedience against their owners for the duration of the scheme.

    We are working for you.

    The Right Honourable Iain Duncan-Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

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    [ … ] Hela blick i din webbplatsen är underbara , låt smart som innehåll [ … ]

    Basket skor mercurial

    November 17, 2013 at 2:03 am

  16. What’s it coming to? Even The Express is critical of the ludicrous sanctions regime operating in Jobcentres these days:



    November 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

    • The Tories ”Listen” To The Daily Express !

      Mr No Number 2

      November 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

  17. Wonders will never cease! A BBC report says high benefit levels do not encourage laziness.

    The report says: “Researchers found some countries with the most generous benefits also had some of the most despondent unemployed citizens, and vice versa”.



    November 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

  18. Former DWP employee slams department for “risk averse” strategy and seeking tabloid approval.

    A former Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) employee has lifted the lid on the department’s project management issues after the Universal Credit debacle, claiming that employees’ first consideration is to worry about whether the Daily Mail would approve of their actions.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  19. Sisters boyfriend is being paid off because his employer can get free employees from the job centre. Working for benefits will never work.

    Retweeted by BoycottWorkfare

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm

  20. Universal Jobmatch: Wooden NORA Finalist 2013.

    “…this website commits almost every online recruitment crime, and then some.”


    Bloody Nora! It won! 😀


    November 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    • Its amazing, you point it out day one and your branded a conspiracy nut, yet as soon as a website outs it. of course it was.

      Well lets hope people at least start listening to reason rather than their advisors threats.


      November 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

  21. Andrew,
    may I bring to your fellow readers attention changes to the way fraud is being reported when discovered amongst providers Maximus and A4E; clients of these companies who report fraud at their local police Station are simply being given the brush off by officers who tell them to ring a free phone number called Action Fraud- in my experience that will be the last you will hear of it, my advice is to contact your elected police and crime representative for your area with any evidence you have or better still approach your local County Court with the view to bringing your own conviction (there is no charge for this) ;show the judge your evidence and you will be taken seriously ,they have a legal obligation to bring a case if you can show evidence of criminality, the Department of Work and Pensions are desperate that the truth is surpressed as it reflects badly on them.

    David Anthony Penson

    November 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    • Freedom has many definitions. My favourite is, ” freedom is just another word for nothing else to lose”. Are you proposing this?


      November 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    • I speak from personal experience. The Bench will side with their well known to them prosecutor. The prosecutor will then bore them to death.ie, page 17, 11,42 etc. You name it. I timed the prosecutor.it took 1 hour 10 minutes. An obvious way of boring the Bench. Even the clerk of the Court asked him to slow down..

      The Court is theatre. not justice. Even as the late Lord Denning (very senior judge) put it, To paraphrase, “it is one thing to declare the Law, but another thing to DO RIGHT”.

      Think on it.


      November 25, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  22. Thank you for reminding me Andrew I forgot that, I think it was 10.00p on top of benefit less the first 3.oop travel money that you paid for


    December 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm

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