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Community Work Placements: the Final Bow of Iain ‘Limpet’ Duncan Smith.


Close Relatives of Iain Duncan Smith in Welfare-to-Work Industry.

Cabinet Reshuffle, “once again welfare reforms minister Iain Duncan Smith has been left in situ, despite widespread claims his controversial universal credit scheme is in crisis. He previously refused a move and it is not known whether Cameron even attempted to shuffle him this time around.” International Business Times.

As Iain ‘Limpet’ Duncan Smith clings to his Cabinet post he will have to look at the unemployment figures.

The Independent today reports the TUC saying that,

The jobless rate stood at 5.2 per cent in the first three months of 2008 and the TUC will point to an analysis it has conducted of official figures showing that half a million fewer people were unemployed then than in January-March 2014.

It is, as Boycott Workfare states, of public notoriety that,

People on workfare placements are counted as “employed” in government statistics.

The Office of National Statistics confirmed this in response to a parliamentary question.

These are the main schemes,

  • Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) – The scheme mandates four weeks’ unpaid work for up to 30 hours a week. Although the government claims it is “community work”, its definition of this includes working “for the profit of the host organisation.”. Claimants can face losing benefits for 3 months the first time they do not take part, and this can go up to 3 years for the third time. Claimant’s can, and are, referred to MWA at any point in their claim.
  • The Work Programme – This is essentially a for profit Job Centre you are forced to attend normally after 9-12 months on JSA where you can be forced to carry out workfare at the whim of the private provider. Figures are not available for the number of mandatory work placements under this programme, but Ingeus (owned by city financiers Deloitte) force people to do six month long workfare placements. The Work Programme, is expected to cost  the taxpayer £5 billion pounds.
  • Steps to Work – The equivalent of the Work Programme in Northern Ireland.
  • Community Work Placements (Help to Work).

The last on the list has yet to get really going.

But we note that Iain Duncan Smith’s fellow rock pool life are busy organising it.

The attractions – ‘reducing’ unemployment – are too obvious to underline.

Plus there’s a pretty penny to be made replacing properly paid workers for essential jobs (see below – we are not joking!).

Community Work Placements

Seetec wins Community Work Placements contracts in five areas.

The DWP have recently announced the winners of the Community Work Placement contracts.

Seetec is delighted to have been successful in the following Contract Package Areas:
CPA 1: East of England: Beds & Herts; Cambridge and Suffolk; Essex; Norfolk
CPA 7: North West 2:  Greater Manchester Central, Greater Manchester East and West, Cheshire and Warrington
CPA 10: South East 2: Kent; Surrey and Sussex
CPA 12: South West 2: Gloucester, Wiltshire and Swindon; West of England
CPA 14: West Midlands 1:  Birmingham and Solihull; Black Country

This two year contract part of the government’s Help to Work scheme designed to reach out to the ‘hardest to help’ jobseekers to help them find employment and break the cycle of benefit dependency. Beneficiaries of this programme will undertake work placement opportunities of up to 30 hours a week lasting up to 26 weeks and will be further supported with up to ten hours of job search activity per week.

We are keen to identify opportunities for local projects or work placements which currently exist or could be created in order to improve the local community as well as the confidence and employability prospects of individuals who take part. Placements could be within group projects or in the form of single placements and must all be of community benefit.

We are interested in approaches from all organisations which feel may be able to offer project or placement opportunities. We have expert supervisors in place to manage and run projects but we are also happy to discuss existing projects which have supervisors already in place.

Of particular interest are opportunities which exist within Local councils and Housing Providers to increase numbers on existing projects or to create new projects of benefit to their residents and the local area they serve.

Examples of such projects include estate maintenance and local renovation, groundswork, horticulture, recycling as well as administration, customer service and sales, warehousing, distribution and cleaning services. The list of potential projects is almost endless.
If you are interested in working with Seetec to develop innovative and engaging ideas for the delivery of CWP please e-mail in the first instance to: bizdev@seeetec.co.uk or call Peter Walkerley, Business Development and Partnership Manager on: 01702 201070 Ext. 8262.

Alternatively, if you would like to offer support in the form of venues, projects or placements please call Seetec on freephone: 0800 65 25 414.

Why not contact SEETEC and tell them what you think of their plans to get unpaid workers to do the jobs of

” estate maintenance and local renovation, groundswork, horticulture, recycling as well as administration, customer service and sales, warehousing, distribution and cleaning services.” ?

The Void today publishes a case study in how one money-grubbing workfare scheme operates.

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  1. In my eyes the fact that IDS has not been sacked or moved in the latest cabinet re-shuffle, pretty much confirms that IDS ‘Must’ have an incredible hold over Cameron.

    Michael Gove is just as bad as IDS and he’s been sacked from his position because he was too much of an embarrassment in the way he dealt with teachers and the N.U.T, yet IDS is left alone?

    What the hell is going on?

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

  2. Perhaps we might ask, who the hell would want to deal with cleaning up the mess that is Universal Credit and the rest of the ‘reforms’ ?

    Who was pushing for this prestigious job?

    Andrew Coates

    July 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    • I think Lord Fraud is the ‘brains’ behind it, and whoever he really works for?

      Landless Peasant

      July 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

  3. Herr Schmit is not only completely incompetent but an undemocratic Tyrant to boot. Who the hell does this man think he is? Get rid of the useless twat.

    Landless Peasant

    July 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

  4. Got an ultimatum do voluntary work or face “mandatory work activity”. i rather do the latter as it costs them money. The Dwp are operating a policy of complete “denial”. denial they are breaking the law,denial about the jobs market.denial about anything else that doesn’t go their way.

    People like ian duncan smith are going to keep facing the courts’, simply because they are breaking the law what their up to.keeping a lid on this is near impossible and this is why they keep their contracts in a tight circle,happy to go along with this.

    Schemes like mandatory work activity do nothing to improve work chances,just line pockets of cronies.hence they keep pushing for voluntary work to improve prospects.its time to up the anti.

    The ultimate aim is just to bully people off their benefits,the safety net is being slit from under them.the more vulnerable and weak someone is they are more likely to succumb.not that worries them in the slightest. they couldn’t care less about their citizens only the rich.


    July 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm

  5. i went to my mwa placement and i got told i was unsuitable as i posted on there fb page they were using mwa slaves and dont want the public to know said id not get a sanction gave me 10 quid and said i could leave.

    3 weeks later get a letter saying i never turned up for my mwa when i did and then had a sanction doubt from the dwp for not attending my mwa.

    A place that makes unemployed people slave for them without any pay – what a disgrace. I only hope that any “supporters.that you have realize that you are as bad, if not worse, than the government, the DWP and IDS.
    You disgust me
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    You and 5 others like this.

    Army of Angels Hi Jay Evans Could you please notify me on how you have come to this conclusion?

    that is still posted on there fb page so i posted a link to the boycott work fair providers list that there using slaves to run there stores.

    super ted

    July 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    • Super ted. After reading your story I thought I would investigate that firm you mention above. It turns out from my research so far that they appear to be not registered with the data protection register. I sent them an email but todate have yet to receive a reply beyond an acknowledgement of my request.


      July 16, 2014 at 6:52 am

      • i doubt you will get a reply from them they removed all my posts off there fb page as they dont want the public to know they use mwa slaves at there store on mass from the jcp/dwp

        super ted

        July 16, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      • Put it this way super ted, if their not and they took your personal data then they are in breach of the data protection act.

        This means a wrap from ICO as well as a fine.


        July 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

      • just more ammo for me guns then 😉

        super ted

        July 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      • i won my sanction doubt as well 😉

        super ted

        July 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

  6. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.


    July 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm

  7. Refuted has a job ad for an overseer to supervise a group of volunteers on the Community Work Programme.

    Interestingly, the the Groundworks Butterwicks Trees site states: “The tree nursery near Sedgefield in County Durham delivers training in horticulture to ex-offenders and grows locally-sourced deciduous, conifers, heathers, and hedgerow packs.”

    CWP = Community Payback

    July 16, 2014 at 12:41 am

  8. CWP = Community Payback

    July 16, 2014 at 12:42 am

  9. Well if the peoples are to feckin lazy to go and vote what you expect,?


    July 16, 2014 at 6:48 am

  10. Slight change of subject…

    Recently, there were reports of random home visits to benefit claimants by DWP personnel.

    Well, here is another version of these “unannounced welfare visits”, this time on sex-workers. The “visits” have been described as raids in disguise:


    Meanwhile, the Government – and especially IDS – are too busy massaging the figures!


    July 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

    • Excerpt from above report:

      “Members of the public will be encouraged to report neighbours to the police if they think they are operating as sex workers”

      Presumably, if a sex worker is also claiming benefits, she will be charged with massaging the figures – while the government get away with it Scot free all the time!


      July 16, 2014 at 9:05 am

  11. Cyril Smith was exposed in Private Eye long long ago.

    Nobody did anything about it.

    Andrew Coates

    July 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

  12. The number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance last month fell by 36,300 to 1.04 million, the ONS added.


    As much as like hearing people found work how do I know this is the case. We have around 1067 towns and cities in the UK meaning and im only suggesting this, that with one person being sanctioned, on MWA, the work programme, skills conditionality, workbased academy or other schemes per day, per city or town we could easily site the figure of 36’300 which in fairness only accounts for 3.3 % of the total claimant count so its not like anyone would notice such a scam if it was being perpetrated.


    July 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    • You can tell from the contact form at the bottom, that even the bbc are searching for all these people who’ve ‘found work’.

      Another Fine Mess

      July 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

  13. I am particularity concerned that SEETEC seem to be setting themselves up as a provider of free labour for all kinds of jobs in maintenance and housing that should be paid employment.

    Any council, private landlord or or Housing Association using their services will in effect be complicit in what looks like a near criminal activity.

    Andrew Coates

    July 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    • And yet if you apply for any of these jobs, you find you need all kinds of experience and certificates.

      Another Fine Mess

      July 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      • Well maintenance is certainly a step up from litter picking that’s for sure but regardless your quite right in what your saying another fine mess providing its not handy man care taker style maintenance.

        I doubt even providers are dumb enough to enter into this sector without first checking whats what.

        Your probably find your be helping council workers in charge of estates and so forth meaning your change light bulbs, sweep, meet contractors, prepare accommodation, nothing that requires trade specific qualifications.

        I already have decades of experience and qualifications in electrics, heating and plumbing so should anyone be put on it who may doubt something they are asked to do feel free to holla at me as I hold all the regs from building to each discipline.


        July 17, 2014 at 6:14 am

      • @gaia I’m confused by your reply.

        I don’t think there’s anything wrong with road sweeping, litter picking, or even picking dog poo from local parks, many like this type of work especially in the summer. But it shouldn’t be done as unpaid work, while at the same time having to do upto 20 hours jobsearch, visit the JC and try to survive on the near zero income. These jobs are most often paid above NWM.

        I’m not sure you realise what’s often involved in ‘changing light bulbs’ these days.

        Why should anyone be helping council workers with maintainance work just for their benefit if they are more experienced and qualified than council worker they’re helping. At the very least they should be on a probationary wage or something, and not subject to the JC conditions, and definately not unpaid.

        Another Fine Mess

        July 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      • Each to their own another fine mess but for me road sweeping, litter picking and dog poo picking lack aspiration.

        I agree with your last paragraph but in a country whos government want to cut the public sector to the bone it will never happen hence the creation of the theme community work.


        July 18, 2014 at 5:29 am

      • When you’re signing on you have to ‘play by the rules’ apparently. Which means that years of experience in manufacturing and plenty of qualifications count for nothing.
        They don’t look to kindly on anyone with aspirations above shelf-stacking or litter picking, or even anyone expecting a wage.

        Another Fine Mess

        July 19, 2014 at 2:01 am

    • Should ever the case arise and I was sent to Seetec, I would insist that I had proper training for the job they wanted me to do. Plus I would want a WRITTEN ASSURANCE that I would NOT be in a team that included offenders, I would want written assurance of that too. I would not take a placement if they failed to provide this. I would use European Human Rights legislations and laws protecting the rights of the individual

      No To Placements

      July 19, 2014 at 11:48 am


    According to The Economist, it will take 600 years for Universal Credit to cover all of Britain’s working-age welfare recipients at its present rate of roll-out:


    Meanwhile, a petition is on the go against the 5 week wait for new claims under Universal Credit:



    July 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    • According to The Economist, it will take 600 years

      As people are being brought into the benefit system 20 times faster than the roll-over of UC, I think it will take an infinite amount of time.

      Another Fine Mess

      July 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm

  15. Low and behold, tories try again to redefine the human rights act.


    Whats the bets in the new bill that government has a right to ask for anything overruling all other regs?


    July 17, 2014 at 6:17 am

  16. Lib Dems challenge spare room tax



    July 17, 2014 at 6:17 am

    • Running scared before next year’s general election? A cynical ploy to try to win back votes?


      July 17, 2014 at 6:28 am



        July 17, 2014 at 7:50 am

      • Just like the reshuffle JBS


        July 17, 2014 at 8:28 am

  17. Rushing through laws to snoop on anybody or everybody, wanting to rewrite the magna carta, wanting to redefine the human rights act



    July 17, 2014 at 8:31 am

    • It sounds like IDS’s idea of utopia where he can covertly spy on any benefit claimants phone, text messages and internet activity.

      If he like’s that idea so much why doesn’t he piss off to North Korea – he’d be welcomed with open arms there.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      July 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm

  18. This is an extension of a post another fine mess kindly posted the other day as regards a mother who runs a foodbank and was sanctioned for assisting an elderly person who was being harassed by JCP staff. This video sadly doesn’t cover the topic but highlights none the less the current issue the public face with growing poverty.


    July 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

  19. Osborne has indicted he needs to trim another 12 billion a year from the welfare bill.


    With nothing to take from the unemployed or housing this leaves families and children, the elderly and ill and handicapped directly in the firing line.

    For the record only 3% of the total population have more than 3 children.


    July 17, 2014 at 9:48 am

  20. It is the start of the new world order they are opening the borders in a time of poverty to keep the dream alive. It’s like the old commonwealth the Zionists first even plan for world slavery, and like usual the royals and the elite are not going to pay for it – in fact they got a pay rise. Britain is an evil Zionist S==t hole and always has been, look at the TV serious who do you think you are and you will see how bad your ancestors were treated. The British invented the class system the same as they invented racism to keep you in your place. There are two certainties in life death and taxes, but why taxes.


    August 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm

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