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Chris Grayling to Staff Care Homes With
Unpaid Teenagers
Posted on August 28, 2012

                                                 According to today’s Evening Standard,
                                                 bungling Employment Minister Chris
                                                 Grayling is planning to send unemployed
                                                 teenagers to work in care homes for no
                                                 pay across the capital.
                                                 The Government is planning to force
                                                 young people to carry out full time unpaid
work for three months before they become eligible for the scant support
offered by Job Seekers Allowance. Young people will not be given any time
to find a job under their own steam, as many do, but will instead be
dispatched to care homes and charities to carry out unpaid work.

The scheme will be launched in areas affected by last year’s riots, seemingly
as a form of Collective Punishment. The sentence for being young and
unemployed is to be set at 390 hours unpaid labour, 90 hours more than the
maximum Community Payback sentence for serious criminal offences of
300 hours.

With stiffer sentences now facing the unemployed than those handed out for
burglary, concerns have been raised whether this move will push more
young people into crime rather than forced labour for meagre benefits of
£56-a-week.

Chris Grayling has said that sentences will be community work only, but
astonishingly this could include working for private companies such as care
homes. The care sector, already reeling from a string of abuse scandals, is
now to benefit from an influx of unpaid, untrained, and no doubt very pissed
off teenagers and young people.

6000 young people are to be bullied onto the scheme despite insiders from
welfare to work companies claiming they are finding it increasingly hard to
secure workfare placements. Chris Grayling, and the clown Mayor Boris,
who claims unpaid labour is fun, are relying on the charitable and third
sectors to prop up this Government’s ever expanding workfare schemes.

Charities such as Oxfam and Shelter have already made it clear they will not
accept ‘volunteers’ who have been coerced to work by the Government under
threat of poverty and destitution. Those opposed to workfare are also now
turning their attention to charities involved in forced labour such as Scope
and the British Heart Foundation.

Already major companies such as Tesco and Holland & Barrett have been
forced to change their workfare plans due to massive public pressure.
Workfare isn’t working and we can break it for good. Keep up the pressure
and organise now for the next National Day of Action Against Workfare which
will highlight the connivance of so called charities in the Government’s
forced labour schemes.
In the meantime join the week of action against disability denying poverty pimps
and paralympic sponsors Atos.

				
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Description: According to today’s Evening Standard, bungling Employment Minister Chris Grayling is planning to send unemployed teenagers to work in care homes for no pay across the capital.