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Barnardo's position on mandatory work activity

Release Date: 10 Oct 2014

Barnardo’s has been made aware that we were named as accepting unemployed people placed on a compulsory community work programme in Redcar. We were listed as a customer of the Groundworks charity which manages placements for the government in the North East of England.

We would like to clarify that Groundworks is not an approved provider of placements for Barnardo’s.  We do not accept placements from any providers under the mandatory aspects of the Government’s Work Programme scheme (Mandatory Work Activity), including the Community Work Programme and the Help to Work Programme.

We have implemented processes throughout our shops to ensure that individual shops do not take placements via the Government’s Mandatory Work Activity scheme. If we are made aware of mandatory work activity taking place in our shops, we immediately move to terminate the placement.

Barnardo’s Head of Retail Gerard Cousins comments:

“Barnardo’s is against benefits sanctions, both in principle & in practice. We have successfully helped persuade the government to drop them for young people taking part in the Work Experience programme.

“We have implemented processes throughout our nationwide retail operation to ensure that individual shops do not take placements via the Government’s Mandatory Work Activity scheme. Our position has been communicated to all shop managers.

“We are committed to helping the people furthest from the labour market to develop the skills needed to gain paid employment. This can take a number of routes, including through the voluntary elements of the government-funded Work Experience and Work Programme”.


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