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Scrap Costly Failed Workfare Experiment

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Government should obey the law and scrap the costly failed workfare experiment.

For the third time, government has been told their failed scheme is also unlawful you would expect any sensible minister to admit he'd got it wrong says GMB.

Commenting on the government announcement that they intend to appeal yesterday’s decision against their workfare scheme, Brian Strutton GMB National Secretary said, “The government has completely lost the plot over Workfare and a red mist of anger towards the jobless seems to be clouding their judgement. The facts are that only 3% of workfare placements are successful; it costs hundreds of millions to run; DWPs own research last year said workfare didn't work and ministers had to tell providers to buck their ideas up. It's unfair, demeaning and demoralising to jobseekers.

Now, for the third time, government has been told their failed scheme is also unlawful you would expect any sensible minister to admit he'd got it wrong. But Ian Duncan Smith wants to waste more taxpayer money with another legal challenge and still keep propping up his big business cronies by paying them to run a failed scheme. Workfare has been holed beneath the water line and the ship together with its captain should be allowed to sink without trace."

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Contact: Brain Strutton, GMB National Secretary on 07860 606137 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823 or 020 7392 6755/56.

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