UK: Discipline and discontent: coalition government extends ‘slave labour’ welfare policy

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Series Details Volume 15, Number 18
Publication Date August 2013
ISSN 1756-851X
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Under the UK government’s Work Programme, unemployed people must work for free for private companies such as Tesco and Primark or face losing their benefit payments. These companies manage the programme 'without prescription from government' and are given access to sensitive personal data. The government is determined to bolster the number of people involved in the scheme. Disabled people have been increasingly targeted for enrolment and the government’s Universal Credit welfare plan will see thousands of individuals become eligible for referral.

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