The Salvation Army have been caught fibbing once again about their use of workfare after a Jobcentre referral to Mandatory Work Activity in one of their charity shops was posted on the internet.
The charity, who have now changed their story at least twice as their fibs have been exposed, originally claimed that they are not involved in workfare – as can still be seen in the google search results as pictured above.
Then a piece was published in the Daily Record which described the experiences of one unpaid worker in a Salvation Army charity shop. This led many people questioning them as to whether they were being honest when they claimed they didn’t use workfare.
Initially the charity fudged the issue, claiming this was an ‘agreed placement’ in a statement which is now only available in google’s cache.
Possibly due to the letter pictured below (which proves beyond doubt their use of workfare) they have now changed their statement yet again to plead: “Anyone who volunteers their services to us does so in the knowledge that their benefits will not be affected.
We do not have any national agreements in place to provide mandatory 4-week work placements, but on a local level we are aware that our trading company has been approached by independent welfare to work providers which have been offering short-term work experience, locally, in some of our retail shops. We must stress that no placements are in place of paid work and we trust the decision of our local representatives to provide valuable professional experience.”
Note the attempt to mislead by claiming that anyone who ‘volunteers’ their services will not have their benefits affected. The question is what happens to the benefits of people who haven’t volunteered, and have been sent on Mandatory Work Activity?
The answer, is that if they don’t turn up, they will have benefits stopped, possibly for up to three years. This will drive those already struggling into entrenched poverty and quite possibly homelessness.
The latest statement from the Salvation Army seems to be the closest they are prepared to come to admitting to their use of forced unpaid workers. And they only came clean about their dirty little workfare secret because they had to after being caught fibbing.
Jesus, if he actually existed, would not be pleased with this bunch of shady little helpers. Check out what his non-existent dad said:
“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19”
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