The Work Programme models the “black box” approach: claimants are sent to private companies who are given free reign to impose whatever conditions they want. The DWP hasn’t even stipulated a maximum amount of time that Work Programme providers can force people to do workfare.
There are ways that you can protect yourself on the Work Programme and at the job centre. This is the focus of new website consent.me.uk
Take a look for information on:
- Retaining control over your CV
- Obtaining information the DWP Jobcentre holds about you
- Obtaining official information
- Starting work?
- Work Programme contracts
- And more!
Also check out this video for a simple digest of some of your rights: