Several hours after the DWP’s £300 million mass workfare scheme began and the DWP have finally decided who’s going to be running it. The Financial Times are reporting that G4s will operate the flagship contract to provide Community Work Placements in six regions. This is despite the fact that up until just over two weeks ago they were still mired in a Cabinet Investigation over fraud allegations. The company are still under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office after over-charging huge sums on their electronic tagging contract. Other companies with their snouts in the workfare trough include Pertemps, Seetec and Interserve.
G4S will use their experience fucking up the Work Programme to fuck up the Help To Work scheme of which the unpaid workfare placements are a key part. Quoted in The FT, Sean Williams, managing director of G4S employment support services, said: “Building on our experience on the Work Programme, we will work through a network of specialist, experienced organisations from the public, private and charitable sector, to ensure that claimants are given real, relevant work experience which will improve their long-term employment prospects.”
Already the new Community Work Placements are mired in chaos with the DWP claiming the scheme had been launched even before contractors had been announced. The placements are also proving hugely unpopular – over 50 charities and voluntary sector organisations signed up to the Keep Volunteering Voluntary agreement on the campaign’s first day. Liverpool Council have said they will boycott the placements, calling them “immoral and unworkable”. Which to be fair is the kind of thing G4S are good at. But they won’t do much to help the image problem of this exploitative scheme which is currently being roundly rejected by the real voluntary sector.
For some of the many and varied reasons why G4S are a bunch of wankers visit http://www.stopg4s.net/
To join the fightback against Community Work Placements and all workfare go to: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/
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