Following small scale pilots between May and July, HMRC is now rolling out the Movement to Work programme across the department. This scheme is just one incarnation of the workfare schemes the government is using to force claimants into unpaid work and needs to be opposed.
The scheme is specifically aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 24, and sees them put to work for their Job Seekers’ Allowance for 4-6 weeks. There is an official target of providing job opportunities for 50% of participants, and the scheme is sold as an ‘opportunity to develop employability skills.’ However, as with all workfare, the hype and the reality are worlds apart.
All workfare schemes operate on the basis that claimants must perform certain work activities in order to ‘earn’ their benefits. As well as undermining the basic concept of social security by marking benefits out as something that…
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