Name and Shame Report

B&M Stores, May 2014

This is 'voluntary' work set up by Rugby Jobcentre. They used the word 'voluntary' very loosely and gave no mention of this being 'non-mandatory' although it was marked as that. They didn't really offer much choice in doing it.They gave no choice in placement either. Had they given me a list to look at and allowed me to choose I would have been more ok with it.They seems to be trying to 'force' people into placements they have sourced locally. These are with Blue Arrow and B&M in Rugby. They have been using B&M in Rugby for more than six months and they take handfuls at a time.These placements are for 25-30 hours a week for upto 8 weeks. Far too long in my opinion.If I could do 4-16 hours a week it would be better. 11 hours at £72 JSA would be just over minimum wage so that should be the most anyone on benefits should be doing.Plus Rugby Jobcentre has said nothing about travel expenses so far. It will cost me £18.5 a week to travel into town and that is over 25% of my weekly JSA benefit