DWP minister Chris Grayling is planning to neuter criticism of the government’s “forced work for no pay” Workfare programmes — by removing big business from the mix and only mandating work for charities. Under the reformed scheme, which was floated in the Mail on Sunday over the weekend, jobseekers who fail to find employment after one dose […]

Steve Bell’s amazing 16-panel demolition of Workfare and former back-to-work czar Emma Harrison of A4e deserves a wider airing than the back of G2. Grotesquely caricatured Harrison presents an unemployed man with a number of “f*** off and die” options, after which the protagonist finds himself volunteering at “Quidworld”, a barely veiled reference to Poundland, who Scrapbook revealed were accepting unpaid forced labour from […]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/patrickwintour/status/174854410478944257″] Following their meeting with concerned businesses, the DWP has announced that they are dropping all sanctions from the eight week work experience scheme. This U-turn comes just two hours after Cameron defended the scheme, calling critics “Trotskyites” in Prime Minister’s Questions. It remains to be seen how much further this about-face will go.

Following on from yesterday’s revelation that the DWP workfare letters cast the scheme as mandatory, above is the Channel4 News report from Jackie Long that revealed it. As well as exposing as false the government’s claim that the scheme is voluntary, the young man interviewed joins the chorus of angry campaigners disputing Chris Grayling’s accusation that […]

The standard workfare letters being sent out by Department of Work and Pensions cast the scheme as compulsory and do not explain that claimants can leave their placements without sanction in the first week, a Channel 4 News investigation has confirmed. Backing up what workfare campaigners have been saying for some time, the programme had […]

[update id=”update1″ time=”16:25″ text=”They may have retained some aspects of the scheme. We’re checking to find out.”] After pressure from campaigners, Scrapbook can reveal that Boots have pulled out of the government’s controversial workfare scheme. In a statement, the high street chemist revealed it was store managers happy to take people on for free for […]