Tuesday, 19 March 2013

IDS takes action to stop claimants reclaiming dole money who were illegally sanctioned!

The following report was sent to NV by 'Boycott Workfare'.

Last week Iain Duncan Smith laid legislation to rewrite history to stop the 225,000 people who were sanctioned on his unlawful workfare schemes being able to reclaim what they are due.

To make matters worse, the bill is being rushed through parliament; the second reading; committee stage; and third reading are all scheduled for one day: this Tuesday.

As if this wasn't outrageous enough, Labour have indicated that they will support the Bill.

Tell your MP to vote against these outrageous attempts to rewrite history and rob people of £130 million in benefit repayments with this one minute online form: http://action.pcs.org.uk/page/speakout/ask-your-mp-to-stop-the-government-changing-the-law-on-workfare

The government are getting desperate. This latest move to rush through legislation smacks of desperation and it's little surprise. In the last month, your action means eight more organisations will no longer take part in workfare: Sense, PDSA, Shoe Zone, Wilkinson's, Capability Scotland, Sue Ryder and the Red Cross have all pulled out. The Children’s Society has pledged “All volunteering at The Children’s Society should be done by choice and under no obligation from any other agency.”

It seems that the DWP is upset that organisations keep pulling out of its forced work schemes. So upset that it has decided to lie to the Guardian about the campaign against workfare:http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=2150

Now is the time to keep pushing. Workfare is being pushed back as exploiter after exploiter pull out, but there are still many organisations profiting from forced unpaid work.

Salvation Army and YMCA are stridently defending their involvement. Other charities including RSPCA, The Conservation Volunteers, British Heart Foundation and Papworth Trust have yet to catch up on the sector's newly found ethical consensus.

Debenhams, Argos, Poundland, Asda, Superdrug and others are still profiting from unpaid workfare in their stores.

There's loads of actions coming up this week, and there's still time to plan more! Read more here: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=1996

With even one or two people, you can organise an effective action. Check out these for inspiration:

Investigating workfare on your high street: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=1017

'You've been served' notices: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=2197

Plus check back daily to our website to support the Week of Action online.

Together, we are having a massive impact! Let's make the week of action count.

Boycott Workfare

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