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TOPIC: Bandits of Welfare to Work Program

Bandits of Welfare to Work Program 01 Apr 2011 21:56 #278

As the Coalition welfare reforms gear up for the new “welfare to work” program these are the bandits, broken down into the area you live which will deliver you shackles and all to business eager for your free labour.

'Work Programme' contractors - Preferred Bidders – April 2011

Scotland Ingeus UK Limited Working Links
Wales Rehab JobFit * Working Links Wales
North East Avanta Enterprise Limited (TNG) Ingeus UK Limited
North East Yorkshire & Humber G4S Newcastle College Group**
West Yorkshire Business Employment Services Training (BEST) Ltd Ingeus UK Ltd
South Yorkshire A4E Ltd Serco Ltd
North West(Merseyside, Halton, Cumbria and Lancashire) A4E Ltd Ingeus UK Ltd
North West(Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Warrington) Avanta Enterprise Limited (TNG) G4S Seetec
East Midlands A4E Ltd Ingeus UK Ltd
West Midlands (Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country) FourstaR Employment & Skills Ltd Newcastle College Group** Pertemps
West Midlands (Coventry, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Marches) ESG Serco Ltd
East of England Ingeus UK Ltd Seetec
West London Ingeus UK Ltd Maximus Employment UK LTD Reed in Partnership
East London A4E Ltd Careers Development Group (CDG) * Seetec
South East (Thames Valley, Hampshire and IOW) A4E Ltd Maximus Employment UK LTD
South East (Surrey, Sussex and Kent) Avanta Enterprise Limited (TNG) G4S (Private Sector)
South West (Gloucester, Wiltshire and West of England) JHP Group Limited Rehab JobFit *
South West (Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset) Prospects Services Ltd Working Links

* Voluntary sector organisation
** Public sector organisation

The Subcontractors include such as;

Groundwork
RBLI
Tomorrow's People
Agoriad Cyf
Papworth Trust
5 E Ltd
Disability Works
Salvation Army
Sunderland North Community Business Centre
(SNCBC)
Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C)
Pathways Community Interest Company
Tomorrows People
Steps to Work (Walsall) Limited
WISE Ability Limited (Wise Ability)
BTCV
Scout Enterprises
Shaw Trust
Westward Pathfinder Trust
Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI)*
CAB
Gingerbread
Action for The Blind
Princes Trust
Mencap
MIND
Newham Council
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Remploy
Skills for Work
East Riding County Council
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Bournemouth and Poole College
Inspire to Independence (i2i)
Triage Central Limited
Kennedy Scott
Prospects Services Ltd


Related - A look at one of these bidders will give you some idea of the worth of the contracts and their attitude. In particular G4S who also has eyes on the “Privatisation of Jobcentre Plus”, where they will decide if you get payed your dole or not.

G4S and Serco among welfare-to-work winners

Security services firm G4S and outsourcing group Serco were on Friday named preferred bidders for contracts under the government's welfare-to-work programme.

G4S won three contracts worth nearly 250 million pounds, while Serco got two, as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) handed out deals worth 3 to 5 billion pounds to private and voluntary sector organisations.

The news comes a day after G4S, which provides services ranging from cash transportation and facilities management to security and protection was named manager of two UK prisons, a decision that sparked anger among unions.

Friday's decision sparked similar protests.

The Public and Commercial Services union said Friday's contracts would add "hundreds more" to unemployment figures.

"At least one provider has already issued redundancy notices ... The union fears similar redundancies from other providers as they prepare for running the work programme from June 2011."

Source; Reuters

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Re: Bandits of Welfare to Work Program 21 May 2011 19:26 #348

G4S have won the contract in my area but not even delivering the programme they have immediately passed this on to someone else to run and I amongst many others currently delivering the old programme are still waiting with 2 weeks to go before the start of the new programme still waiting to hear if we have a job or not. G4S are almost as powerful as Tescos, watch them take over the world.
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Re: Bandits of Welfare to Work Program 21 May 2011 21:45 #349

G4S aka Group 4 Security and Working Links

Tried to get a closer look at this company and any complaints against them, the result just on a short search are light as they certainly dominate Google. However it is an interesting company with a chequered background and particularly on welfare to work it is abysmal…..

G4S ignores employment law Here


Meet G4S, Government’s untouchable friend

Worries about the culture at G4S, a gigantic security company that pays its chief executive £1,656,251 a year are nothing new.

Source; Open Democracy

Bob-a-Job, Abolish Working Links (AWOL)

If a bit dated this is a good piece on the group setup to tackle its abuses of the unemployed.

Source; Varient

There is a pretty longish video on here which includes the chairman from G4S, asking the question of where the jobs will come from

Welfare to Work: Where will the jobs come from?
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