Claimants on Mandatory Work Activity are forced to carry out 120 hours of unpaid labour over a period of four weeks. The scheme is used by Jobcentres to punish people they decide aren’t trying hard enough to find work. Those receiving Jobseekers Allowance can be sent on this type of workfare from the first day they are unemployed or face benefits being stopped completely. 17,090 of these forced to work unpaid were recorded by the Jobcentre as being disabled people.
Many of the claimants are sent to work in charity shops such as those run by @salvationarmyuk and @YMCA_England. Others are sent to work outside on chain gangs for environmental charities such as @TCVtweets and @Groundworkuk.
Many of these so-called charities have claimed that they…
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