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Social Security: Claimants - Question (30 Nov 2016)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb: My Lords, the Minister must know that the Government’s own review of mandatory workfare shows that a young person is twice as likely to find work if they drop out of the scheme and three times as likely to find work if they do not participate in the first place. Will the Minister accept that the Government’s review has validity and update social security practices accordingly?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment Schemes: Scotland (12 Sep 2016)

Roger Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of people in the workfare programme in (i) Fife and (ii) Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency moved into full-time employment in each of the last five years.

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Creating a Fairer Scotland (2 Jun 2016)

Christina McKelvie: ...—the Scottish Government will implement in full. The plan will also include the work of the fair work convention, which I welcome. When we talk about suitable employment opportunities, do we mean discredited workfare-type models, or a model that addresses the needs of long-term and generational unemployment? One excellent model in that respect is Remploy in Hamilton, in my...

Debate on the Address: Transport and Local Infrastructure (19 May 2016)

Alan Brown: ...are classified as medium or small, the industry does not have the capacity to step up. In reality, the Government are missing a trick. In simple terms, covering the cost of training and testing is much cheaper than the payments associated with companies involved in the workfare programme and, of course, if people are put into employment, that reduces welfare payments in general. I estimate...

Opposition Day: NHS Bursaries (4 May 2016)

Justin Madders: ...the length of their course, during which they do difficult jobs at unsocial times. Now the Government are asking them to pay for the privilege of doing that. This policy is like some kind of perverse extension of workfare. Last year, there were 10,000 unfilled nurse places in London alone. Is getting people to work for free really the answer to that? The Government really need to raise...

[Graham Stringer in the Chair] — Transitional State Pension Arrangements for Women (1 Feb 2016)

Justin Madders: ...that became means tested…It’s now a heat or eat situation for many. Some women are suicidal and some have had to sell their homes. Can you imagine how it feels for a 60 year old woman, frightened and in ill health, to be made to sign on and go on workfare? This isn’t equality, it’s injustice.” Both Jane and her employer made the irreversible decision that she...

Scottish Parliament: Economy (8 Jan 2015)

Linda Fabiani: ...’s recommendations, I am concerned about what has been given to us on job creation. We are doing good work with colleges and on skills and training. However, although we are getting the ability through workfare to put people into jobs, we are not getting the ability to create those jobs. That is extremely important, and it ties in with the precept in the motion that we are...

Public Bill Committee: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Clause 138 - Amount of financial penalty for underpayment of national minimum wage (6 Nov 2014)

Toby Perkins: ...wage. Does he agree that although the Government now talk about accepting the minimum wage, they find numerous ways to undermine it, such as through the huge increase in unpaid internships and workfare? People are actually working below the national minimum wage in all sorts of ways. These important amendments would address abuses.

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: National Minimum Wage (15 Oct 2014)

Julie Hilling: I am not going to spend a great deal of time talking about interns. Of course we should be able to pay interns, and we have a real difficulty with people who are on workfare and who are working in different ways. We must work towards ensuring that we can pay interns in some way. I have volunteers—I do not call them interns—and I have no money in my budget to pay them. I will not...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Youth Employment (15 Jul 2014)

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 Apr 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 Feb 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 Dec 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 Nov 2013)

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 Nov 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 Oct 2013)

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)

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 Apr 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 Mar 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...


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