DWP to name CWP workfare hosts for it’s 70 contractors?

Today the DWP issued an “interim” reply for a workfare FOI request, saying they are collating the names of employers that had exploited unpaid conscripts via the Jobcentre, on it’s now defunct 6 month full-time Community Workfare Programme scheme. This does not mean they will release the information any time soon, especially as it took more than 4 years to disclose the names of 500+ hosts for it’s equally defunct 4 week Mandatory Workfare Activity scheme.

Don’t forget workfare has not ended, it is embedded into Section 16 (3)(e) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 for Universal Credit. Mandatory workfare placements are also a part of the Work Programme (WP) scheme. WP referrals end 2017, but referred conscripts can then be on the scheme till 2019. From 2017 the WP will be replaced by the ‘Work and Health‘ scheme and there is no reason not to believe this will not include workfare. The Gov’s ‘Youth Obligation’ from April 2017 proposes to limit benefits to 6 months and thereafter, mandatory workfare is planned.

More background on the future of workfare in England.

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