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Actually not in the news, but should be...

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ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 20-Mar-13 13:08:39

Why the feck is no one talking about that nasty piece of retrospective legislation pushed through Westminster yesterday?

You know the one... Judge rules workfare illegal, meaning those sanctioned whilst on it are entitled to compensation... Government pushes through retrospective legislation negating this...

This is a scary precedent because,

1)The government has shown that is can retrospectively make something that was illegal, legal and vice versa. This completely undermines the rule of Law

2)The government has done this solely to avoid paying out a relatively small amount of compensation that these people were entitled to by law.

Darkesteyes Sun 24-Mar-13 00:44:35

Its abhorrent that they are doing this. And that Labour are supporting it (either directly or indirectly.
If there is a job pay a wage.

ttosca Sun 24-Mar-13 13:16:45

Please get involved, people:


ttosca Sun 24-Mar-13 13:20:34

Petition The Salvation Army to stop using workfare:


Xenia Sun 24-Mar-13 15:42:48

I think we need a lot more. Those who work hard do not see why others should do nothing and still get benefits.

Darkesteyes Sun 24-Mar-13 18:23:09

The OBR hints at these irregularities in their executive summary: “The labour market continues to surprise on the upside, despite the continued weakness of GDP growth.” As a former civil servant, I would be tempted to read that as “there is something really dodgy about these figures”. Then, at para. 3.108, which talks about “people employed in government supported training and employment programmes” comes the confirmation: “Of the total increase in employment in 2012, compared to 2011, around 14 per cent reflects increased participation in those programmes.”

People on unpaid internships, training schemes, apprenticeships and workfare schemes, are counted as employed. One hundred and forty thousand of them are part of the Government’s job creation success story.

Darkesteyes Sun 24-Mar-13 18:25:21

From this article.


ttosca Sun 24-Mar-13 18:42:46


> I think we need a lot more. Those who work hard do not see why others should do nothing and still get benefits.

They're looking for jobs.

ParsingFancy Mon 25-Mar-13 17:09:12

Those who work hard do not see why others should do nothing and still get benefits.

Really? When I was working, I could see why people too disabled to earn their living should do nothing and still get benefits. Unexpectedly becoming disabled hasn't changed that opinion.

You do know that people found Unfit To Work even by the new, incredibly narrow criteria will now be sent on mandatory, indefinite workfare, don't you?

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