Ipswich Labour Party (and Borough Council) Against Workfare.
Ipswich Labour Party
Ipswich Borough Council will not take part in Government unpaid work schemes
Ipswich Borough Council has confirmed that it will not offer unpaid work under the Government’s ‘Help to Work’ schemes, ramped up versions of which came into force at the end of April.
Under the schemes, known as ‘workfare’, there are mandatory work activity and community work programmes in which benefit claimants are placed on 30-hour a week jobs without pay and with the threat of their benefits being removed. The mandatory work activity programme is for 4 weeks and community work placements for 6 months.
It has also emerged recently that there could be sanctions for those who refuse to take a job on a zero-hours contract.
Campaigners have been calling for the government to remove the schemes, which they say are not working and which lock people deeper into poverty.
Today Ipswich Council has stated it will not be participating.
Council Leader David Ellesmere said:
“As a council we aim to be a good employer. That’s why we pay our staff the Living Wage and why we don’t employ staff on zero hours contracts.
It’s right that if someone can work, then they should. But they should also be paid a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.
The effect of the Government’s unpaid work schemes will just be to undercut the wages of people already in work, adding to the cost of living crisis already affecting families in Ipswich.”
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