The government is rolling out workfare on a massive scale

Tens of thousands of forced unpaid work placements have already taken place.

The government intends 250,000 workfare placements on the Work Experience scheme alone. If each placement is 8 weeks of 30 hours work, this is 60 million hours of forced unpaid work.

850,000 people were expected to be referred to the Work Programme by the end of 2012. However, due to the “black box” approach the government uses with the private providers, it has so far refused to publish how many of those are being forced to work without pay.

The Mandatory Work Activity scheme was expanded in summer 2012 to a capacity of 70,000 places a year.

Boycott Workfare maintains a list of organizations profiting from workfare, with links to references for those organisations which have withdrawn.