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DWP forced to reveal vast list of firms using benefit claimants for unpaid work

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LurkingHusband Sat 30-Jul-16 17:20:27

Source: DWP file released through

1. African Childrens Fund

2. Abacus Children’s Wear


4. Ability

5. Ace of Clubs Charity Shop

6. Acorns

7. Action for Disability

8. Action Housing

9. Active Community Team

10. Advocacy Support

11. Afro Caribbean Centre

12. Age Concern

13. Age UK

14. Agnew Community Centre

15. Air Ambulance

16. Aire Valley Recycling Ltd

17. Airedale Computers,

18. Al-Khair Foundation

19. All Aboard

20. Allied Healthcare

21. Almadene Care Home

22. AMF Torquay Bowling Alley

23. Amicus Horizon Housing Association

24. Animal Krackers

25. ARAS German Shepherd Inn

26. ARC

27. Archer Project

28. Arthritis Research UK

29. Arthur Rank

30. Arts Factory

31. ASAN

32. Asda

33. Asha Charity Shop

34. Ashgate Hospice

35. Aspire Community Enterprise Ltd

36. Auchinleck Talbot F.C.

37. Autism Plus

38. Aylestone Park Boys Football Club

39. Babygear

40. Back2Earth

41. Bangladesh People

42. Bangladeshi ass sangag centre

43. Barnardos

44. Basic Life Charity

45. B'Dwe

46. Beaumaris Hostel

47. Bedfordshire Education Academy

48. Belgrave Hall Museum

49. Bernicia Group (Social housing provider)

50. BHF

51. Blaby & Whetstone Boys Club

52. Blue Cross

53. Bluebell Wood

54. Bookers

55. Boots

56. Botanical Gardens

57. Bottle Rescue Aireworth Mill

58. BR Environmental

59. Bradford Autism Centre

60. Bradford Community repaint

61. Breaking Free

62. Brian Jackson House

63. Briardale Community Centre

64. Bright House

65. Brighton and hove wood recycling

66. Britannia College

67. British Heart Foundation

68. British Red Cross

69. British Waterways

70. Brockhurst Community Centre

71. Bryncynon Strategy

72. Bryncynon Strategy

73. Butterwick Hospice

74. Cancer Research

75. Cancer Uk

76. Capability Scotland

77. Care & Repair

78. Carers Centre

79. Caribbean Centre

80. Caribbean Restaurant (Streatham)

81. Carlisle Park

82. Carr Vale Allotments

83. Cash Convertors

84. Castle Gresley Community Centre

85. Cat Haven

86. Cats Protection League

87. Cauwood day services

88. CCA Furniture Outlet

89. Cerebal Palsey Care

90. Changing Lives in Clevedon

91. chapletown youth community centre

92. Chesterfield FC Community Trust

93. Chestnut Tree House Shop

94. Children in Distress

95. Children Scrapstore Reuse Centre

96. Children Trust

97. Childrens Society

98. Chopsticks North Yorkshire

99. Circulate

100. Citizen Advice Bureau

101. Claire House

102. Clic Sargent

103. Comfort Kids

104. Community Association - Trefechan

105. Community Re-Paint

106. Community Resource Centre

107. Community Voice

108. Complete Professional Care

109. Compton Hospice

110. Congburn Nurseries

111. Cooke Computers

112. Cooke E - Learning Foundation

113. Co-op

114. Corby Boating Lake

115. Cornerstone

116. Cornwall Hospice Care

117. County Durham Furniture Help Scheme

118. Croydon animal samaritans

119. CSV Media

120. Cusworth Hall

121. CVS Furniture

122. Dan's Den Colwyn Bay

123. Dapp UK

124. DC Cleaning

125. Deans

126. Debra

127. Demzela

128. Derbyshire Timber Scheme

129. DHL

130. Dial Intake

131. Didcot Railyway Museum

132. Disabled Childrens Services

133. Discovery Community Cafe

134. Dogs Trust Glasgow

135. Dogsthorpe Recycling Centre

136. Doncaster College

137. Doncaster Community Centre

138. Dorothy House Hospice

139. Dorset Reclaim

140. Dovehouse Hospice Shop

141. Dragon Bands

142. Durham Wildlife Trust

143. E Waste Solutions

144. Earl Mountbatten Hospice

145. East Anglia Childrens Hospice Shop

146. East Cleveland Wildlife Trust

147. East Durham Partnership

148. East Midlands Islamic Relief Project

149. East West Community Project

150. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

151. eco Innovation Centre

152. Elleanor Lion Hospice

153. ELVON

154. Encephalitis society

155. English Landscapes

156. Enhanced Care Training

157. Enterprise UK

158. Environmental Resource Centre

159. Essex County Council

160. Extra care Charitable Trust

161. Fable

162. Family Support

163. Fara

164. Fare share Malmo Food Park

165. Featherstone Rovers

166. Fenland District Council

167. First Fruits

168. FN! Eastbourne

169. Foal Farm

170. Food Cycle

171. Fops Shop

172. forget me not childrens hospice

173. Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy

174. Fountain Abbey

175. Fox Rush Farm

176. FRADE

177. Frame


179. Fresh water christian charity

180. Friends of St Nicholas Fields

181. Furnish

182. Furniture for You

183. Furniture Project

184. FurnitureLink

185. Gateway funiture

186. Genesis Trust

187. George Thomas Hospice - Barry

188. Geranium Shop For The Blind

189. Glasgow Furniture Initative

190. Glen Street Play Provision

191. Goodwin Development Trust

192. Govanhill Baths Community Trust

193. Greenacres Animal Rescue Shop

194. Greenfingers

195. Greenscape

196. Greenstreams Huddersfield/ environmental alliance

197. Grimsby District Health care charity

198. Ground Work

199. Hadston House

200. Happy Staffie

201. Harlington Hospice

202. Hart Wildlife Rescue

203. Hartlepool Council

204. Hartlepool Hospice

205. Hartlepool Prop (Mental Health)

206. Hartlepool Trust Opening Doors

207. Hastings & Bexhill Wood Recycling Project

208. Havens Childrens Hospice Shop

209. Havering Country Park

210. headway

211. Healthy Living Centre

212. Hebburn Community Centre

213. Help the Aged

214. helping hands

215. High Beech Care Home

216. High Wycombe Central Aid

217. Hillam Nurseries

218. Hinsley Hall Headingley

219. Hobbit Hotel

220. Holmescarr Community Centre

221. Home Start

222. Homemakers

223. Hope central

224. Hospice of hope

225. Hounslow Community Transport Furniture Project

226. Hull Animal Welfare Trust Hull

227. Humanity at Heart

228. I Trust

229. Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO)

230. Intraining Employers

231. Ipswich Furniture Project

232. Iranian Association

233. Islamic Relief

234. Jacabs Well Care Center

235. Jesus Army Centre

236. JHP

237. Julian House Charity Shop

238. K.T. Performing Arts

239. Kagyu Samye Dzong London

240. Keech Hospice Care Shop

241. Keighley & District Disabled

242. Kier Services – Corby

243. Kilbryde Hospice

244. Killie Can Cycle

245. Kingston Community Furniture Project

246. Kiveton Park & Wales Community Development Trust

247. LAMH

248. Leeds & Moortown Furniture Store

249. Leicester City Council

250. Leicester Riders

251. Leicester Shopmobility

252. Leicestershire Aids Support Services

253. Leicestershire Cares

254. Lifework

255. Lighthouse

256. Linacre Reservoir

257. London Borough of Havering

258. London College of Engineering & Management Woolwich

259. Longley Organised Community Association

260. Lyme Trust

261. Lynemouth Resource Centre

262. Mackworth Comm. Charity Shop

263. Making a Difference

264. Marie Curie

265. Mark2 (marc)

266. Martin House Hospice

267. Mary Stevens Hospice

268. Matalan

269. Matchbox

270. Matthew25 Mission

271. Mayflower Sanctuary

272. MDJ Lightbrothers

273. Meadow Well Connected

274. MEC

275. Mental Health Support

276. Midland Railway Trust

277. MIND

278. Miners Welfare community centre

279. Mistley Place Park

280. Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal Regeneration Partnership Scheme

281. Moore Cleaning

282. Morrisons

283. Muslim Aid

284. Myton Hospice

285. Nandos

286. Naomi Hospice

287. National Railway Museum

288. National Trust

289. NDDT

290. Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

291. Necessary Furniture

292. Neighbourhood funiture

293. Neterlands Dog Rescue

294. New Life Church

295. Newham Volenteers Group

296. Newport City Council

297. Nightingale House

298. NOAH enterprise

299. North East Lincs Motor Project

300. North London Hospice Shop

301. North Ormesby Community Shop

302. Northumberland County Council

303. Norwood

304. Old Nick Theatre

305. One 0 One

306. Open Secret

307. Overgate Hospice

308. Oxfam

309. Papworth Trust

310. Partner Shop

311. Paul Sartori Warehouse

312. Paws Animal Welfare Shop

313. PDSA

314. Pegswood Community Centre

315. Pennywell Community Association

316. Peterborough Streets

317. Pheonix Community Furniture

318. Pilgrim Hospice

319. Placement Furniture Project

320. Platform 51 Doncaster Womens Centre

321. Playworks

322. Plymouth Food Bank

323. Plymouth Play Association

324. Plymouth Volunteer Centre

325. Pound stretcher

326. POW Shop

327. Powys Animal Welfare Shop

328. PPE Paving

329. Preen Community Interest Company

330. Primrose


332. Prince of Wales Sherburn in elmet

333. Princess Trust

334. Queen Elizabeth Foundation

335. Queens Walk Community

336. Queensland Multi-Media Arts Centre

337. Rainbow Centre

338. Rainbows End Burngreave

339. Real Time Music

340. Recycling unlimited

341. Red Cross

342. Refurnish

343. Regenerate Community Enterprise

344. Remploy

345. Restore

346. Rhyl Adventure Playground Association

347. Right Time Foundation

348. RNID

349. Rochford Council

350. Rosalie Ryrie Foundation

351. Rosliston Foresty

352. Royal Society for Blind.

353. Royal Wotton Bassett Town Council

354. RSPB

355. RSPCA

356. Rudenotto

357. Rudyard Lake

358. S & S Services

359. Saffcare

360. Sainsburys

361. Salvation Army

362. Santosh Community Centre

363. Sara

364. Save the children

365. Savera Resource Centre

366. Scallywags

367. Scarborough Council

368. SCD Fabrications

369. School of English Studies

370. Scope

371. Scottish Cancer Support

372. Scottish International Relief

373. Scunthorpe Central Community Centre

374. Seagull Recycling

375. Seahouses Development Trust

376. Second Chance

377. Second Opportunities

378. Sedgemoor Furniture Store

379. Sense

380. Sesku Acadamy Centre

381. Shaw Trust

382. Sheffield Reclamation Ltd - Reclaim

383. Shelter

384. Shooting Stars

385. Shopmobility & Community Transport - Access

386. Slough Furniture Project

387. Smythe

388. Sneyd Green

389. Somali Community Parents Association

390. Somerfields

391. Somerset Wood Re-Cycling

392. South Ayrshire Council

393. South Bucks Hospice Warehouse

394. South Wales Boarders Museum

395. Southend United Football Club

396. Spaghetti House

397. Spitafields Crypt Trust

398. Splash fit

399. St Barnabas

400. St Catherines Hospice Trading

401. St Chads Community Centre

402. St Clare's Hospice

403. St Davids Foundation

404. St Elizabeth Hospice Charity Shop

405. St Francis Hospice Shops Ltd

406. St Gemma's Hospice

407. St Georges Crypt

408. St Giles

409. St Helens House

410. St Hughs Community Centre

411. St Lukes Hospice

412. St Margarets Hospice Scotland

413. St Oswald's Hospice

414. St Peters Church

415. St Peters Hospice

416. St Raphaels hospice

417. St Vincents

418. St. Catherines Hospice

419. St.Theresa's Charity Shop

420. Stages Café

421. Stannah Stair Lifts

422. Stef's Farm (Education Farm)

423. Step Forward

424. Stocking Farm Healthy Living Centre ( Sure Start)

425. Stockton Council

426. Stone Pillow


428. Strood Community Project

429. Strut Lincoln

430. Sudbury Town Council

431. Sue Ryder

432. Sunderland Community Furniture

433. Sunderland North Community Business Centre

434. Superdrug

435. Swindon 105.5

436. Sycamore Lodge

437. sydney bridge furniture shop

438. Sypha

439. T&M Kiddy's Kingdom

440. Tara Handicrafts

441. Teamwork

442. Teesside Hospice

443. Tendring Furniture Scheme

444. Tendring Reuse & Employment Enterprise

445. Tenovus

446. Tesco

447. Thames Hospicecare

448. Thames Valley Hospice

449. Thanet District Council

450. The Ark Shop

451. The Art Organisation

452. The Charity Shop

453. The Childrens Society

454. The Childrens trust

455. The Crossing

456. The Good Neighbour Project

457. The Greenhouse

458. The Harrow Club

459. The Hinge Centre Ltd

460. The Isabella Community Centre

461. The Island Partnership

462. The Kiln Cafe

463. The learning community

464. The Linskill Centre

465. The Listening Company

466. The Octagon Centre Hull

467. The Old Manor House Riding Stables

468. The Princess Alice Hospice

469. The Range

470. The Reuse Centre

471. The Rising Sun Art Centre

472. The Rock Foundation Ice House

473. The Shores Centre

474. The Spurriergate Centre

475. The Undercliffe cemetary charity

476. The Vine Project

477. The Welcoming Project

478. The Woodworks (Genesis Trust)

479. Think 3E,

480. Thirsk Clock

481. Thurrock Council

482. Thurrock Reuse Partnership (TRUP)

483. TLC

484. TooGoodtoWaste

485. Top Draw

486. Traid

487. Trinity Furniture Store

488. Troed Y Rhiw Day Project

489. True Volunteer Foundation

490. Tukes

491. Twice as Nice Furniture Project

492. Twirls and Curls

493. Ty Hafan

494. Tylorstown Communities First

495. United Churches Healing Ministry

496. United Play Day Centre

497. Unity in the Community

498. UNMAH

499. Untapped Resource

500. Urban Recycling

501. Vale of Aylesbury Vineyard Church Project

502. Vista Blind

503. Walpole Water Gardens

504. Walsall Hospice

505. Wandsworth Oasis trading Company Limited

506. Wat Tyler Centre

507. WEC

508. Weldmar

509. Well Cafe

510. Wellgate Community Farm

511. Wellingborough District Hindu Centre

512. Western Mill Cemetary

513. WH Smith

514. Wheelbase

515. Whitby Council

516. Wildlife Trust

517. Wilkinsons

518. Willen Care Furniture Shop

519. Willington Community Resource Centre

520. Windhill Furniture Store Shipley

521. Woking Community Furniture Project

522. Womens Aid

523. Womens Centre

524. Woodlands Camp

525. Worsbrough Mill & County Park

526. Xgames

527. YMCA

528. York Archaeological Trust

529. York Bike Rescue

530. York Carers centre

531. Yorkshire Trust

532. Yozz Yard

533. Zest

534. Zues Gym

LunaLoveg00d Sat 30-Jul-16 17:29:33

Or without the left-wing spin, "List of companies prepared to give people who have been unemployed for a time some work experience, or who want to help young people get work experience and increase their chances of a paid role".

Many of these organisation are charities. Charities do not set out to exploit the unemployed as the Mirror and the left would have you believe.

LurkingHusband Sat 30-Jul-16 17:30:49

Charities do not set out to exploit the unemployed as the Mirror and the left would have you believe.

Although, by some reports, they certainly set out to exploit their donors ....

LunaLoveg00d Sat 30-Jul-16 17:33:53

What point is it exactly that you are hoping to make? That people who are unemployed shouldn't be helped to develop skills to increase their job chances? That they should be paid? The majority of people working in charity shops are volunteers and don't get paid. That unemployed people should be allowed to do what they please and shouldn't be asked to work?

WibblyWobblyJellyHead Sat 30-Jul-16 17:36:29

Workfare is disgusting. It means employers can get free labour instead of offering paid jobs. There is no benefit to society from it at all.

Thanks for the list, I will be boycotting as many as possible.

LunaLoveg00d Sat 30-Jul-16 17:39:02

Yup, boycott all of the charities and charity shops because they aren't paying their JSA people getting experience and building their CV. Just like the rest of their volunteers who as the title suggests, aren't getting pai either. hmm

RJnomore1 Sat 30-Jul-16 17:40:46

It's only work experience abd valuable if it actually leads to employment. Let's see the stats on that.

It's utterly exploitative and there's a shocking amount of charities on there. I will be making careful note and doing my best to ensure I do not contribute to then in any way in the future. At least Tesco etc are honest that they are there to make profit out of people.

Brokenbiscuit Sat 30-Jul-16 17:47:59

I have less of an issue with charities using unpaid staff than I do with big companies that operate on a for-profit basis.

LunaLoveg00d Sat 30-Jul-16 17:52:18

The Mirror have no interest in giving the facts about employment - they have a clear agenda to push which is that we should all throw our hands up in horror that the poor people who are supposed to be LOOKING FOR A JOB are asked to undertake work experience in settings to give them experience with cash handling, customer service etc in return for their benefits.

Don't get why charities are being demonised either - you are aware that in your average Oxfam shop, open 6 or 7 days a week, there will be ONE paid member of staff? Nobody else is getting paid either.

Asking someone who has been out of work for a whole year if they are over 25, or 9 months for 18-24 to get back into the habit of going to work regularly is not exploitation.

Sometimes I think I'm living on a different planet where it's OK not to work, and OK not to take opportunities to help you get out of your current situation.

SheSparkles Sat 30-Jul-16 17:52:39

I too don't have an issue with people doing unpaid work for charities, in fact there should probably be a bit more of that. However I have a HUGE issue with companies using them as free labour.
There are a couple of companies on that list I'll be boycotting now, so thanks for sharing the list

Hagothehills Sat 30-Jul-16 17:56:23

I have been on one of these workfare schemes a few years ago. I was forced to work 35-40 hours per week for three weeks stacking shelves in b&m for £50 a week (I was 20). It didn't matter that I had a job as a chef (chosen career, this was an entry level job with opportunities for lots of professional development, I now have a diploma thanks to this job) but that didn't matter. It didn't matter that the work I had to do bore absolutely no resemblance to what I had lined up. The only reason for the delay in starting was waiting for the place to open as it was a start up business. So for me personally it felt very much like exploitation/slave labour. That being said I put the absolute bare minimum into that placement safe in knowledge that my dream job was starting in a few weeks (and it was my dream job I absolutely loved it there and only left because I couldn't keep up with the hours with ds).

On the other hand, there was another woman who was on the same scheme as me who ended up working with me at the same b&m branch. She did want to work there and put in the effort to prove to the manager that she was right for the job and lo and behold she got it and was over the moon.

So I'm a bit 50/50 on these schemes. They most definitely can give people that break they might just need but they are also very very open to exploitation. (In fact that b&m manager said he his store would not be doing nearly as well without his half a dozen or so free work that he usually had courtesy of the workfare scheme)

TheFairyCaravan Sat 30-Jul-16 17:57:25

If all these companies employed people in their vacancies unemployment would be reduced. If there's a job going just pay people to do it FFS!

YouCantBeSadHoldingACupcake Sat 30-Jul-16 17:58:23

I used to work for the Tendring Furniture Scheme and they always treated the workers well, in fact most chose to stay and volunteer after their placement was up. They were always considered for any jobs that came up (and normally got them), and were happy to give a reference to ones who went for other jobs.

BipBippadotta Sat 30-Jul-16 18:03:57

I don't see what the issue is with workfare in charities. But private companies benefitting from free labour is galling, I think.

Ragwort Sat 30-Jul-16 18:04:02

How old is that list - does Somerfields even exist any more? hmm

HelenaDove Sat 30-Jul-16 18:50:53

Bip you honestly cant see the conflict of interest there would be in a homeless charity reporting someone for a sanction that could then cause homelessness confused

Im not surprised to see housing associations on there. It would explain some of the botched repair jobs.

I also spotted at least one care home. Shouldnt ppl working in something like care actually want to be there.

Because im damn sure we dont want a repeat of Winterbourne View!

Ragwort Sat 30-Jul-16 19:12:52

I'm not sure I believe that list - I work (paid role) for one of the organisations listed and I can say 100% that we do not take people on 'work fare'. We do have volunteers for certain roles but we are constantly told never to take anyone on 'work fare'.

Mistigri Sat 30-Jul-16 19:15:24

I would be OK with claimants working free for charities as long as this was voluntary.

Definitely not OK in the private sector. There is a tried, tested, legal and fair way of ensuring your future employees have the right skills: apprenticeships.

AndNowItsSeven Sat 30-Jul-16 19:16:03

Wow all those charities exploiting vulnerable people, makes be sick, hypocrites.

Mistigri Sat 30-Jul-16 19:16:48

ragwort it may be a list of companies and charities that have, at some point, been involved in workfare schemes. I believe a number of charities dropped out because of the bad publicity.

HelenaDove Sat 30-Jul-16 19:18:17

Has anyone else experienced New Labours New Deal I did 15/16 years ago. Funny how no journo wanted to know then!!!

Rag the list could well be out of date.

LunaLoveg00d Sat 30-Jul-16 19:36:02

So the list is out of date - not that it ever stopped the red top press using incorrect facts to push their agenda.

RortyCrankle Sat 30-Jul-16 20:51:36

Why is it unreasonable for people to work for the money they receive whilst unemployed?

prh47bridge Sat 30-Jul-16 21:31:56

It's only work experience abd valuable if it actually leads to employment. Let's see the stats on that

According to a number of independent studies work experience participants spend more time in employment in the 2 years following starting work experience than those who do not take part in work experience. The average benefit to participants in approximately £1,950.

For employers the work experience participants are cost neutral. In other words the benefit of having someone who you don't have to pay roughly balances out with the costs.

prh47bridge Sat 30-Jul-16 21:34:00

There is a tried, tested, legal and fair way of ensuring your future employees have the right skills

The point is that these people are not necessarily future employees for the organisation offering work experience. They will often use their experience to gain employment elsewhere.

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