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Musing on the Work Programme

It's only a matter of time before I'm shuffled off to whichever lucky provider will have to put up with me. Following a link from a discussion on aspiejobblog.blogspot.com I read this post on the money saving expert website. Be warned, the forums over there are proliferated by right wing trolls of the most supercilious kind.
So the point of this brief post is to ask: if these providers are only getting paid, per client, after said client secures and sustains such a period of work (though I'm not 100% sure it's as long as two years), what is the point in putting people forward for casual crappy jobs? If these providers are committed to anything less than helping you find proper, sustained, suitable work - ie a career in the proper sense - as opposed to shuffling you off to the local cake factory for zero hours (hello A4E!) then they aren't acting smart. How many people are going to remain there for 2 years?
Of course then they end up making a fresh claim for JSA (if they aren't lucky enough to find a new employer - ie one the provider won't know about and can't chase up). I'm sure then you will find your claim will get refused because you didn't stick out the job the provider secured for you.
In other words: if we aren't getting paid...neither are you!
But there ain't no way I'm signing my privacy away!

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  1. From what i recall if any job is over 13 weeks its classed as a sustainable/permanent job. Even if it just lasts 13 weeks and 1 day. At least that was what it used to be.

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  2. They are supposedly not getting paid until the claimant has found work for 2 years. I don't think that's true, but I don't know. I certainly won't be signing any bollocks for these racketeer providers to make money off me without them offering something first. And I'm certainly not going to be treated like a kid in class detention at school either; I'm a grown man, not a child. But I think that's how these organisations (certainly the DWP) operate.

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