Work Programme participation can last until 29 March 2019

Despite views to the contrary workfare has not ended, it is embedded into Section 16 (3)(e) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 for Universal Credit (UC). Mandatory and ‘voluntary’ workfare placements are also a part of the Work Programme (WP) scheme.

Starting in 2017 the WP will be replaced by the UC ‘Work and Health‘ scheme and there is no reason not to believe this will also include workfare. The Gov’s ‘Youth Obligation’ from April 2017 proposes to limit benefits to 6 months and thereafter, mandatory workfare is planned.

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