7 Facts You Need To Know About Workfare

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1) THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT WORKFARE SCHEMES LEAD TO EMPLOYMENT. 

Workfare schemes have been tried out in countries such as Australia, USA, Canada and places in Europe since the 1990’s, with dismal results. Research in Australia found that workfare had an insignificant effect on reducing long-term unemployment and was “ineffective” in finding sustainable employment.

The UK government commissioned it’s own international research into workfare before introducing the schemes and the findings were as follows:

“There is little evidence that workfare increases the likelihood of finding work.  It can even reduce employment chances by limiting the time available for job search and by failing to provide the skills and experience valued by employers”

“Workfare is least effective in getting people into jobs in weak labour markets where unemployment is high.”

2) YOU’RE FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE SANCTIONED THAN GET A JOB ON A GOVERNMENT WORK…

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