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Charities being bullied off Work Programme - DWP

Thu, 28/02/2013 - 12:32 -- nick

DWP has claimed that charities are being intimidated into leaving the government's Work Programme by online activists.

This comes in the wake of Sue Ryder, the care and hospice provider, exiting the Programme's Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) scheme on Monday.

It had previously included 1,000 unemployed people among its 'volunteers', but released a statement which said:

'The jobless who would rather lose benefits than work' - Telegraph

Tue, 20/11/2012 - 18:16 -- nick

The Telegraph has today published an article on unemployed people and attendance at Work Programme mandatory activities.

It presents a fine example of the kind of reporting that demonises unemployed people for no good reason, except that they do not buy many papers and are not well represented.

The highly misleading headline is 'The jobless who would rather lose benefits than work', but the text only details statistics on those who do not attend the Mandatory Work Activity scheme, not those who do not accept jobs.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling makes statement on A4e

Mon, 21/05/2012 - 13:21 -- nick

Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling:

The DWP's Work Programme providers are required to ensure that stringent controls are in place to guard against fraud and to adhere to high standards of compliance in the operation of our contracts. By its innovative payment by results design, the Work Programme also provides significantly greater protection against fraud than previous employment programmes.


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