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[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Youth Employment (15 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Jo Swinson: ...with local employers and may ultimately lead to work. The hon. Member for Bolton West (Julie Hilling) made some rather negative remarks about the work experience programme, referring to some of it as workfare. I fundamentally disagree. It is absolutely right, indeed vital, that young people are able to get work experience while they are still being supported by the benefits system, so...

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (1 April 2014)

Julie Hilling: ...new jobs created lasted more than 12 months, but they could not tell me because they do not collect those statistics. So I asked them “how many new jobs created in the private sector in the last 12 months were (a) unpaid workfare or internships, (b) through zero-hour contracts, (c) part-time, (d) part-time working 16 hours or less per week, (e) part-time working eight hours or less...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Welfare Reform (Sick and Disabled People) (27 February 2014)

Ian Mearns: ...fit for work. It would be funny if it was not so sad. It is a sad truth faced by 12,000-plus families who every year face their own personal tragedies of this nature—it is a reality. As if not bad enough, workfare and welfare reforms are of course only part of the impact; cuts to local government expenditure also have the heaviest impact on the most vulnerable. The largest share of...

Business of the House: Autumn Statement (5 December 2013)

George Freeman: ...the war—there has in fact been no double dip, and the UK is now the fastest-growing economy in the west. I particularly welcome the creation of three jobs for every one lost in the public sector, the workfare proposals to tackle those not in education, employment or training, and the relief for pensioners and motorists, which will be warmly welcomed in Norfolk. Is not the truth that...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Job Creation: Private Sector (11 November 2013) See 1 other result from this answer

Julie Hilling: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many new jobs created in the private sector in the last 12 months were (a) unpaid workfare or internships, (b) through zero-hour contracts, (c) part-time, (d) part-time working 16 hours or less per week, (e) part-time working eight hours or less per week, (g) paid at the level of the minimum wage and (h) jobs transferred from public sector...

Opposition Day — [10th allotted day] — Energy Price Freeze (6 November 2013)

Ian Lavery: ...;7.4 million a day or 86 a second. These chief executives and secretaries and senior managers are receiving massive bonuses too—bigger bonuses than premiership footballers. These wages structures makes premiership footballers look as if they are on workfare. We need to look at that. Let me end by saying something rather controversial. I really believe that the system is broken....

Scottish Parliament: Challenge Poverty Week (3 October 2013) See 2 other results from this debate

John Wilson: ...the figure for the rest of Scotland is 3 per cent. The factors that drive poverty are diverse, but more challenging than ever. For far too long, we have relied on various welfare to work schemes—or should I say workfare, to use the phrase that is being used this week—to somehow solve poverty without there being a real rise in the incomes of those who are in or out of...

Jobs and Business (10 May 2013) See 1 other result from this debate

Julie Hilling: ...-time work, the highest figure in 20 years. The Government like to boast that they have created over 1 million new jobs, but they do not tell us how many of those jobs are a direct transfer from the public sector or how many are unpaid. Unbelievably, workfare jobs, where people work for their dole, are counted as jobs created. Despite the Secretary of State’s denial, according to the...

Home Affairs (9 May 2013)

Toby Perkins: ...firms in particular—about how much of an obstacle to success the confusion on immigration is. People are concerned that UK workers are undercut in the jobs market and that the Government turn a blind eye to abuses of the minimum wage. Indeed, with their workfare policy, they seem as keen as ever to send out the message that people should be grateful for what they get and to push more...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Workfare (15 April 2013)

Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost to the public purse was of historic Court of Appeal cases in respect of Workfare in terms of (a) legal bills and (b) compensation to claimants affected by judgment; and how many claimants were affected in each case.

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: amendment of the Law (22 March 2013)

Mary Glindon: ...are firmly against it, and have contacted me with their serous concerns about the Government’s actions. However, a Government who will stoop so low as to take rightful benefits from claimants and force jobseekers into workfare are unlikely to have any conscience when it comes to making deeper cuts and causing further hardship to the worst-off in society. Moreover, as millions of the...

Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill — Second Reading (21 March 2013)

Lord Bach: ...comments made by two other organisations outside of this House. I certainly would not agree with the philosophy of one of those organisations because it is a campaigning group called Boycott Workfare. It puts the case about this prospective Bill rather differently from the Constitution Committee, but the implication is the same: "This is almost unbelievably disgusting ... [DWP] broke the...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: amendment of the Law (21 March 2013)

Julie Hilling: It is not clear how many unpaid, workfare jobs are counted as being among the jobs created. Clearly, they are not jobs created if people are working for nothing. How many of the jobs are like that?

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (21 March 2013)

Alex Salmond: ...Scotland, this devolved Parliament cannot manufacture finance from nowhere, as Westminster is in control of our budget, is to misunderstand the basic challenge in Scottish politics. This week, Labour abstained on workfare in the House of Commons, it abstained on Trident in this very chamber and it even abstained on the Iraq war in this very chamber. What Scotland needs is a Government that...

Scottish Parliament: Trident (20 March 2013) See 1 other result from this debate

Christina McKelvie: ...these weapons from Scottish waters. Labour abstained on the vote on the debate on the Iraq war yesterday and supported the Tories in taking more money from benefit claimants in London. Need I mention workfare? I only hope that a tiny remnant of principle remains and that we will see an echo of the memory of the once-proud Labour principle of nuclear disarmament. Labour’s principles...

Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill: New Clause 1 — Report (19 March 2013) See 1 other result from this debate

John McDonnell: ...for allowing us at least to have some debate today to expose the regime that the Government have introduced. I also want to thank the two organisations that have launched a week of action: Boycott Workfare and the Right to Work campaign. They are campaigning around the country to expose what companies are doing to exploit unpaid labour; the threats to benefits; and the harassment that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill (19 March 2013) See 9 other results from this debate

Grahame Morris: ...people, who have been illegally sanctioned, of large chunks of their income. It is outrageous, and it is rank hypocrisy for anyone to talk about rights with the emphasis on responsibility when it comes to workfare. If they are willing to undermine the judiciary and the rule of law, and vote for retrospective legislation to cover up the mistakes and failings of the Minister, who is asking...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Housing Benefit (Under-occupancy Penalty) (27 February 2013)

Helen Goodman: ...a headache for five days in that week, and I was completely lethargic and exhausted by 4 pm. Some people are on jobseeker’s allowance and are looking for a job. Looking for a job is a job in itself; it takes time and energy. The people whom DWP Ministers want to do workfare are being expected to work 30 hours a week, yet they are not going to have enough to eat properly. Most...

Opposition Day — [17th( )Allotted Day] — Horsemeat (12 February 2013)

John McDonnell: .... The High Court ruled that the Government’s Jobseeker’s Allowance (Employment, Skills and Enterprise Scheme) Regulations 2011 are unlawful. The regulations forced people into unpaid work—workfare—and, if they refused that work as unsuitable in assisting them in gaining employment, they lost their benefits. This morning the regulations were declared unlawful. At...

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (11 February 2013)

Lord Wigley: ...be beneficial also for the deprived parts of northern England which, like Wales, are suffering from ineffective economic policies. Wales needs job-creating levers to improve our economy, not handouts and workfare. That is why it is essential that the powers recommended by part 1 of the Silk Commission are implemented as soon as possible. Real work and training is what is needed, not...

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