How can NCVO safeguard the integrity of volunteering as an act freely given?

Simple: Sign the Keep Volunteering Voluntary agreement http://keepvolunteeringvoluntary.net/

DWP stats: Mandatory Workfare and Skills Conditionality

Sign: The keep volunteering voluntary agreement ]

Official statistics on Mandatory Work Activity and Skills Conditionality up to and including February 2014. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pre-work-programme-support-mandatory-programmes-may-2014

View online

Mandatory programmes official statistics May 2014

Tables: Mandatory programmes official statistics May 2014
(Curious file name:
OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE_Mandatory_Programmes_Official_Statistics_tables_May_14.xls)

DWP provider guidance: Community Work Placements – Help To Work

Promoting the Keep Volunteering Voluntary agreement in the voluntary sector. For volunteering, against workfare. http://keepvolunteeringvoluntary.net/

Community Work Placements: DWP provider guidance

Annex 1: Work placement minimum standards
Annex 2: JSA Mandatory Activity Notification MAN 1
Annex 3: JSA Mandatory Activity Notification MAN 2
Annex 4: Labour Market Decision Making (LMDM) teams
Annex 5: Unencrypted CWP DMA e-mail referrals
Annex 6a: CWP DMA 01 – Failure to Participate referral
Annex 6b: How to complete CWP DMA 01
Annex 7a: CWP DMA 02 – Misconduct referral
Annex 7b: How to complete CWP DMA 02
Annex 8: Inappropriate referrals
Annex 9: Provider implementation checklist

This DWP provider guidance supports the prime provider in the delivery of the Community Work Placements Programme.

This guidance must be read in conjunction with:
– the Invitation to Tender
– Community Work Placement contract package information
– the DWP Generic Provider Guidance

Published:27 May 2014  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-work-placements-dwp-provider-guidance

Info for hosts of mandatory workfare https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mandatory-work-placements

PCS Union unanimously votes for abolition of workfare and removal of benefit sanctions

On 19 May 2014 the PCS DWP group conference unanimously passed a motion, which included:

The abolition of workfare and removal of the sanctions regime
http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/pcs_comment/index.cfm/campaigning-against-attacks-on-welfare

How this motion will be actioned by PCS members in Jobcentres (Advisers/Coaches/Mangagers), who impose workfare and benefit sanctions and The PCS Union as an organisation will be closely monitored.

DWP: Help To Work guidance for Work Programme Completers on or after 28 April 2014

Help to Work package (for JSA claimants whose Work Programme Completer Interview is on or after 28 April 2014)

It is comprised of three distinct elements:
–  Mandatory Intervention Regime (MIR)
–  Daily Work Search Reviews (Daily WSR)
–  Community Work Placements (CWP)  https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/201658/response/517413/attach/html/3/HtW%20guidance%20v1%204%202014%2004%2024.pdf.html

Rights to refuse Zero Hour contracts: JSA and Universal Credit

“Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from what date he plans that the refusal of a job on a zero hours contract will be sanctionable by Jobcentre Plus advisers; and if he will provide protection to claimants with caring responsibilities which limit their work availability. [197974]

Esther McVey: JSA claimants are not required to apply for zero hours contract jobs and therefore will not be sanctioned if they do not apply for such jobs.

Universal credit means that claimants can accept any offer of work without fear of their benefits or the support they receive from the Jobcentre being negatively affected. They will always be better off in work.

Under universal credit, if a claimant turns down the offer of employment without good reason a sanction can be applied. Claimants always have the opportunity to provide a good reason.

Claimants who turn down the offer of employment under a zero hours contract because of an exclusivity clause will always be considered to have good reason and no sanction will apply.

Decision Makers will also consider whether the job was suitable for the claimant taking into account the specifics of the role, the type of work, any agreed restrictions on hours and the claimant’s particular circumstances, including any caring responsibilities.” Source: House of Commons Written Answers 12 May 2014 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140512/text/140512w0002.htm#140512w0002.htm_wqn18