My experience of #workfare

I'm a JSA Claimant

This week there is an article in the Guardian discussing workfare titled ‘The charities who are challenging the government’s workfare programme‘ so I thought now was a good time to post about my own experience.

I was told to do workfare as a punishment for my benefit sanction. The adviser said my sanction indicated to her I needed to learn a work ethic and therefore I would be put on Mandatory Work Activity (MWA).  MWA lasts for 30 hours a week for 4 weeks, 120 hours in total. DWP  describes it as a “community benefit work placement” that is “intended to help claimants move closer to the labour market, enabling them to establish the discipline and habits of working life, such as attending on time regularly, carrying out specific tasks and working under supervision while delivering a contribution to the community.”  The letter I received said it would help to…

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