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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 July 2011

The Work Programme: is it only chasing people off benefits?

A job seeker, Coventry

I have been on Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for 12 months. I finished education last year and have found it near impossible to find a job.

The Work Programme is defined on the government website for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) as "measures designed to help in the government's key aims of fighting poverty, supporting the most vulnerable and helping people break the cycle of benefit dependency."

I can tell you what it really means - those who are part of this programme are being pushed into working 30 hours a week to 'earn' their benefits or face losing them entirely.

The average job seeker claims around 200 a month. 30 hours a week on the minimum wage for an 18 year old (the earliest someone can sign on) would be 639.60 - so job seekers are expected to work for a third of what's supposed to be the legal minimum.

We have not in any way been told what these jobs will be or will include - just a vague "something that will help the community". We have no idea what the working conditions will be, what training will be provided or what skills it will give us.

The hours of this community work are entirely non-negotiable. I am taking part in courses and placements in Teaching Assistance. I would have to give this up in order to keep receiving benefits.


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Southampton council workers' struggle continues despite imposition of new contracts

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The NHS

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A day in the life of a student nurse: Overworked - but happy to help


Socialist Party workplace news

Bromley Unison reps resign in protest at union's disgraceful actions

South Yorkshire journalists start all-out strike

Strike solid at BBC Leeds office

Renationalise Bombardier to save jobs

London NSSN meeting - 'real debate' on preparing for coordinated action


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Defending state education - Brighton academy victory

TUSC: Building an electoral challenge to Con-Dem and Labour cuts

Tolpuddle says: 'step up the action'

The Work Programme: is it only chasing people off benefits?


International socialist news and analysis

South Africa: Massive metal workers' strike


Selling the Socialist

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Socialist Party review

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