There is a growing number of workfare schemes

Each of these schemes threaten people with benefit sanctions if they do not take part. For more information on individual schemes, and on your rights on these schemes, click here.

Workfare does not only affect young people: it is aimed at people of all ages. Since December 2012, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions claiming Employment and Support Allowance are also being forced to work unpaid, if they’ve been placed in the Work Related ActivityGroup.

At the end of 2015, it was announced that two workfare schemes were not being renewed: Mandatory Work Activity and Community Work Placements. (MWA placements finished in April 2016, and CWP placements will finish in October.)

There is a growing list of workfare schemes now in place. These include:

  • Community Action Programme

  • Community Work Placement

  • Day One Support for Young People Trailblazer

  • Derbyshire Mandatory Youth Activity Programme

  • Mandatory Work Activity

  • Other

  • Sector-Based Work Academy

  • Skills Conditionality

  • Steps to Success

  • Steps to Work

  • Traineeship

  • Work Choice

  • Work Experience

  • Work Programme 'Voluntary' Work Experience

  • Work Programme Mandatory Community Benefit Work Placement