I've been thinking about the Community Action Programme; the government's great scheme that follows 'failure' to get a job on the Work Programme. This scheme is 6 months workfare serving the community in some fashion. Johnny Void has this to say, which is prescient:
Grayling has neglected to ask the voluntary sector whether they want a million full time volunteers, many of whom won’t want to be there. There has been no assessment as to whether the sector can even absorb, supervise and afford this influx of unpaid workers. The more ethical charities such as Oxfam have already stated they will take no part in any workfare style schemes.
Remember Grayling's sales pitch for the Work Programme. He claimed, no I don't have a quote to hand, that the payment scheme would require that a customer find work lasting at least 6 months, amongst other things. He also claimed it would have a bespoke approach, but we all know that's a load of eyewash.
Now, consider that, after the Work Programme, the CAP is a 6 month (if not longer) scheme. It's supposed to be 30 hours a week doing community work. However there is also supposed to be an extra hour each day, after your shift, where you are to undertake your jobsearch responsibility with your provider for an hour. This is the counter put forward by the DWP as to how the CAP doesn't prevent claimants from having time to jobsearch.
What provider though? At this point you will have finished the WP so you won't have a provider?
Or will you. I am wondering if this is actually part of the WP payment model. If you are kept on by your WP provider, who will be the people administering your jobsearch while working on the CAP, then is it possible your placement on the CAP, for 6 months, will trigger payment for the provider, as if they had found you a proper job?
This warrants research I think.