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|Ministers drop threat of sanctions....|
|Topic Started: Feb 29 2012, 08:33 PM (54 Views)|
|Ribs||Feb 29 2012, 08:33 PM Post #1|
Ministers have dropped the threat of sanctions for unemployed youngsters on a controversial work experience scheme.
It follows a meeting with dozens of firms with concerns, after criticism it amounted to "unpaid forced labour".
Some employers had pulled out of the scheme - in which 16- to 24-year-olds on jobseeker's allowance do up to eight weeks' unpaid work but keep benefits.
It is voluntary but those who dropped out after the first week risked having their benefits docked for a fortnight.
I think that everyone should have to do something for their benefits but I can understand that many people think that large businesses shouldn’t be profiting from free labour. Rather than dropping the sanctions threat why don’t they put them on a community based programme where they could have work experience that benefited the public rather than some company?
|voice||Feb 29 2012, 09:09 PM Post #2|
The A4E was a racket who were only interested in profit. They preyed on the vulnerable and weak. I agree that people on unemployment benefit should be kept active but there are means and ways. A4E should have been more interest in getting their client a job that was compatible with the employer and the client. But they were more interested in their profit.
Their head awarded herself over £4 million of Government money.
I have followed this and government ministers have constantly said that those schemes were voluntary; bollocks. They were forced to go on them or have their benefits deducted. In some cases they used unsavory methods to get their bonuses.
I don't believe the government knew the extent of their corruption.
A couple of years a go their was a documentary on Channel 4 that showed the majority sitting around reading papers and collecting extra money on top of their benefits (for attending). They were on a 3 months paid holiday. Only a very small group ever got jobs from them.
While the unemployed were at A4E they weren't allowed to go out and look for jobs, only check for jobs on the Internet.
|Rusty Bullet||Feb 29 2012, 09:52 PM Post #3|
A member of The Smilies Box Is A Bloody Nuisance Camp
|I don't see a problem with the system except it looks as if it takes full time jobs away from people.|
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