Not just nasty, but incompetently nasty….

the void

The guidelines for Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship Work Programme warn that participants mandated to community workfare must not be promised a job on successful completion of the placement.

The Work Programme Provider Guidance (PDF), which was re-written yet again over the Summer, warns that any community placement lasting over 6 weeks and which comes with a job offer at the end will breach the minimum wage laws.

Astonishingly the DWP don’t even seem sure whether other workfare style schemes are legal, potentially leaving workfare exploiting charities exposed to backdated wage claims running to hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The good news is that the latest guidelines are straight forward – work experience for private companies is voluntary and claimants can leave at any point without the threat of benefit sanctions.  The only exception to this is when participants have been judged to have committed gross misconduct.  It is yet to…

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