Both are involved the the Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) scheme – 4 weeks full time workfare used as punishment by Jobcentres for those deemed not trying hard enough to find work.
120 hours unpaid work is similar to a mid-level Community Payback sentence – the kind of punishment which might be handed out by the courts for burglary, or even a violent assault. Yet The Conservation Volunteers and Groundwork are happy to team up with Jobcentres to impose this punishment on people just for being unemployed!
Those who refuse, or are unable to work for Groundwork or TCV can now have benefits stopped for up to three years. As the name suggests, there is nothing voluntary about Mandatory Work Activity at all – in fact under…
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