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Postby Tobias » Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:42 pm

DWP forced to reveal vast list of firms using benefit claimants for unpaid work after 4-year legal fight

The Tory government spent four years trying to stop you knowing firms it linked to Mandatory Work Activity - from Cash Converters to Nando's

The Tory government has been forced to reveal a vast list of firms that hoovered up free labour from benefit claimants after spending four years trying to keep it a secret.

Poundstretcher, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons are among more than 500 companies, charities and councils named as having used Mandatory Work Activity.

Others on the list from 2011 included payday loans firm Cash Converters, chicken diner Nando's, WH Smith, Superdrug and DHL.

More than 100,000 jobseekers were put on the hated 'workfare' scheme, which forced them to work 30-hour weeks unpaid for a month each or have their benefits docked.

Yet the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) mounted an astonishing and costly legal battle to keep the firms' names a secret.

Officials claimed revealing those involved would hurt their "commercial interests" because protesters would boycott them.

The DWP stood its ground for nearly four years despite being overruled by the Information Commissioner (ICO) watchdog in August 2012.

The saga finally ended at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday - where a trio of top judges threw out the DWP's argument by a 2-1 vote.

Campaigners and Labour condemned the vast cost of the cover-up - in which taxpayers had to fund lawyers for both the DWP and ICO.

Neither party told the Mirror what they spent, but court fees they racked up in previous cases suggest the bill could run into tens of thousands of pounds.
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Postby stephenholmes » Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:00 am

Good morning everyone
I think it is modern day slavery expecting an unfortunate job seeker to work for nothing
This type of abuse costs jobs instead of creating them
Once employers have a source of free labour they will take those in the programme on instead of paying a decent living wage
Being unemployed or claiming disability benefit has become part of the penal system here in the UK
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Postby jeff3 » Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:44 am

morning Stephen t you bet they all laughed banking the monies they made but mind has iv said before is one charity that took a slave heart charity even my local councils there oh dear they all at it stacking shelves has done so much damage that the charitys cant or wont see whot they do rather they want that slave but most people now know and wont give cash to said charitys has of it yet whot not said is how much monies went in taking a slave has that's not mentioned you bet they had a reward for doing it brings a new meaning to charitys now the modern slave block market were souls are change daily
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Postby Tobias » Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:20 pm

The worse thing about it is these companies get paid more by the Govt than the slaves do, it's wrong on many levels.
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