Morning Star: 28th Apr 2014
“Community work placements: Unite, Oxfam and Anti-Slavery International urge charity boycott of Iain Duncan Smith’s ‘forced labour’ workfare scheme for unemployed”
DWP: 15 March 2017
‘Oxfam offered Community Work Placements in 18 locations’
“Oxfam’s head of volunteering Georgia Boon said: “Oxfam does not offer placements for participants in the mandatory work activity, or compulsory elements of ‘work for your benefits’ schemes.”
She said: “We do this for two reasons: firstly, because these schemes impact unfairly on the support people receive, and so are incompatible with our goal of reducing poverty in the UK.
“Secondly, because these schemes involve forced volunteering, which is not only an oxymoron, but undermines people’s belief in the enormous value of genuine voluntary work.
“We [Oxfam] have not been involved with these schemes since March 2011”