Charities reject government workfare scheme

Keep this circulating, we cannot allow people to work in or on voluntary programs who do not want to be there. It will do untold damage the voluntary sector, and destroy many good things and undo all the good work done by genuine volunteers

Pride's Purge

(not satire!)

Over 200 UK charities (and counting) have signed a pledge rejecting the government’s compulsory workfare scheme:

the keep volunteering voluntary agreement

The new workfare scheme Compulsory Work Placements was launched last week and was supposed to force the unemployed to work ‘in the community’ for 780 hours under the threat of having unemployment benefits stopped.

But now it’s been rejected en masse by charities, community and voluntary organisations, it’s hard to see where the government is going to find places for all these people to do their forced labour.

Perhaps Cameron and Clegg could try creating some real jobs instead?

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