So desperate are the DWP to hush up the names of charities using workfare that they have been reduced to using a blog post titled “Chris Grayling is a lying bastard” to prove how horrible everyone is being to them because of their forced work schemes.
The post was part of the evidence provided by the DWP at yesterday’s tribunal brought to appeal the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) decision that charities using workfare should be named. This followed a Freedom of Information request made two years ago asking for the names of organisations who are accepting workfare placements on the Mandatory Work Activity scheme.
The DWP have pleaded that if this information was made available then workfare will collapse such is the awesome power of Boycott Workfare. Reams of evidence has been produced by the department, largely taken from the media and Boycott Workfare’s website, which they claim shows how MWA will be destroyed if the public learns the names of these charities.
They also complain that anger at forced work has been ‘strident’ rather than ‘standard’ criticism, and that some bastard had even referred to charities using workfare as “thieving fucking criminals” (which if you read the post you’ll see isn’t strictly true).
The DWP’s argument seems to be that workfare is so unpopular that who is involved has to be kept a state secret. This is despite the duty of charities to be open and transparent about their activities. Luckily we know only too well the names of many of the charities forcing people to work without pay. Household names including @salvationarmyuk, @YMCA_England and @groundworkuk are just some of the organisations who use forced workers on Mandatory Work Activity. They are not thieving fucking criminals, they are just exploitative cunts. Boycott them.
A judgement is expected in four to eight weeks. The individual who brought the original FOI has published details of the arguments made by both sides at the tribunal.
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