Watching workfare: new series
As the government pursues welfare reform, False Economy will be following mandatory work activity – known as workfare in the US – as it emerges across the country.
We will be posting articles and circulating news stories about workfare. We'll also be referencing and crossposting some of the excellent work being done by bloggers who are asking serious questions about the effectiveness and fairness of workfare. They include:
- Harpymarx: contacting councils and employers to find out if they plan to use mandatory work activity at a time when paid jobs are being cut by thousands.
- Boycott Workfare: exposing companies and organisations profiting from workfare, encouraging organisations to boycott it, and informing people of their rights.
- Green Benches: looking at the failure of workfare to place people in ongoing, paid employment, despite political rhetoric to the contrary.
Kate Belgrave will be kicking off our series shortly, with a look at work workfare in the US. In the meantime, Anne-Marie O'Reilly and Warren Clark offer a good overview of the UK situation in Red Pepper, while Third Sector yesterday reported how the government has gagged charities delivering its Work Programme.
And if you have any stories or interesting links to share, please do post them below or get in touch.
- Posted by: False Economy at 10:43am on 10 January 2012
- Filed under: Benefits, Unemployment, Workfare
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