Today it was brought to our attention that Ingeus (owned by city financiers Deloitte) have two very disturbing features on their Work Programme regime:
- Unemployed people will be forced to do six month long workfare placements
- They will also be put into “peer-run” groups which will encourage unemployed people to discipline and report on each other.
This from an Ingeus tender document:
Stage 4 is designed to provide additional support and increased conditionality for those who are still searching for work after a year on the programme. Customers will be introduced to a group of peers who will meet at least once a week to support one another with job-search activities and to maintain focus. At each weekly meeting (led by a Group Facilitator) customers will jointly review progress and plan activities for the next seven days. Our Placement Broker Team and subcontractors will utilise their links with employers and local volunteer bureaux to source a tailored six month community work placement mandatory for JSA customers that fits with each customer’s job goal.