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Disabled people face unlimited unpaid work or cuts in benefit | Society | The Guardian

Some long-term sick and disabled people face being forced to work unpaid for an unlimited amount of time or have their benefits cut under plans being drawn up by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Mental health professionals and charities have said they fear those deemed fit to undertake limited amounts of work under a controversial assessment process could suffer further harm to their health if the plans go ahead.

The new policy, outlined by DWP officials in meetings with disabilities groups, is due to be announced after legal changes contained in clause 54 of the welfare reform bill have made their way through parliament.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 16th, 2012 at 02:24:45 PM EST
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Work for free and 'be of benefit' to a multinational like Tesco | John Harris | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
At which point, it's worth pausing to reflect on what all this actually entails. Thanks to referrals by both jobcentres and private-sector Work Programme providers, it's about people effectively working for nothing, not only in charities and the public sector, but in huge retail chains. Thanks to the legal action launched by Cait Reilly, we all know about Poundland. Asda, Boots, Argos and TK Maxx, and the Arcadia group (including Topshop and Burton) are also involved. Hats off, perhaps, to Sainsbury's and Waterstones for announcing that they have ended their involvement with this kind of work experience, but if you want an indication that workfare may be turning into an immovable part of the private-sector economy, consider last night and today's blizzard of outrage about a Tesco ad placed on the Jobcentre Plus website. It's for nightshift workers in East Anglia, who will be paid "JSA plus expenses".
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 16th, 2012 at 02:33:27 PM EST
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When you hear me complaining about government schemes.  This is what I'm complaining about.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Feb 16th, 2012 at 08:56:40 PM EST
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I'm surprised that Tesco's small and medium sized competitors aren't complaining about the government subsidizing tesco's profits

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:41:40 AM EST
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