The revolt against workfare spreads.
New Statesman, Saturday 24 February 2012
What began as a revolt against a Tesco job advert which notoriously offered a salary of “JSA + Expenses” has thrown the entire future of the [government’s workfare scheme] into doubt. The scheme, in brief, attempts to make jobseekers more employable by offering them “work experience”… The programme is voluntary, not least because participants will only be paid expenses for the 25-30 hours they work a week. However, should they pull out of the placement, for whatever reason, after more than a week has elapsed, they could lose their benefits.