HomeBlogChris Grayling’s ‘Opposition Shadow Minister’ Stephen Timms: “The Work Programme is not to blame for the Jubilee Pageant mess-up”
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  • Celia June 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    If these company was the best choice that the DWP can come up with, then you have to wonder just how bad the rest are… and not carrying out inspections is just begging to be defrauded!!!

  • Sharon root June 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    without the tools in place to keep an eye on what’s going on i.e. no inspections, is a deliberate attempt the cover up wrongdoing if there was nothing to hide they would welcome inspections its an horrific waste of public money! there must be something in it for them!

  • Cyberwolf June 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Speaking for myself. Had it been one of my kids who ad been treated like this – I would have turned up on Close Protections’ doorstep and handed out some object lessons in “Strategic Proactive Defence.” Probably resulting in “momentary disablement of primary faculties” for some and “extensive reconfiguration of physical attributes (paradigm)” for others! I have been in the same business as the jokers outlined for over thirty years and can say that I know of no case – ever – where myself or the Road Crew I was working with or indeed supervising were EVER treated like that! As for the assertion that those pressured to go on this kind of Workfare were being ‘trained?’

    In what sense and for what purpose? Marshalls at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant should NEVER have been taken from the ordinary Public: and certainly NOT where there was any genuine possibility of harm or significant risk to them or to the public. Those who do undergo such training take months, even years to become competent. They were essentially being asked to take part in “Crowd Control” which is principally the domain of the Police.

    These kids and some adults were surely only there to ‘make up the numbers?’

    I shudder to think what might have happened if these kids and adults, many of them tired and exhausted from lack of sleep: perhaps growing inattentive during the weary hours, had been caught up in a really potentially dangerous situation. Being so fatigued, they would have made a bad situation much, much worse.

    Seriously: they were NOT in the bloody Army, expected to bivouac in a field somewhere a part of their training, and in view of the Occasion they were supposedly ‘Marshalling,’ they should have been wide awake and alert and under the strict supervision of fully trained and qualified experts!

    Wherever possible, the parents of the kids involved and the adults who took part under pressure from the DWP should now ensure their complaints go directly to both the Companies involved and the DWP – I might suggest they use words like “Health and Safety” “Minimum Hygeine Facilty” “Public Liability” and if all else fails, the threat of suing them seems to work wonders. Now that H.M. Government wants to close its eyes to the reality of their inane stupidity and waste of Public Money on jobs for their Business Friends.. it is time to hit them with all manner of lawsuits.

    After all: if Government are prepared to put people at risk through their ignorance of the actions of these Companies – why should they NOT suffer?

    FYI: If this was a ‘one-off’ mistake, we should perhaps take all the ‘one-off’ mistakes made by Tesco, Matalan, BHF, A4E et al, put them together and see if the Government hasn’t made innmerable mistakes because the system of ‘Workfare’ is acually – Unworkable!?

  • jeffrey davies June 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    there we are then its ok to leave people out there in the rain without clothes or shoes for the work partys where do we get these mps from should be chucked out of the house straight onto benefits see how he would survive no long i shouldnt wonder jeff3
    Some of the £5 billion the government is wasting on firms like Prospects or A4e should go back to the Jobcentre Plus. you bet jcp should have this job as they do it any way its just jobs for thier mates at mates rates like emma 8million reasons to jeff3

  • DAVID A SHAW June 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Yes we do, as well as the scum in government who employ them.

  • Dan June 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    “The Work Programme was never piloted, they just introduced it nationwide,” Timms said.

    But WP isn’t new, is it? Until the Tories changed the name (and not much else) it was Labour’s Flexible New Deal. That was a miserable failure too…

  • Joanna Terry June 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I really think we ought to gather together all of the “mistakes” these firms have made, as @Cyberwolf says, collect together the “no doubt” thick dossiers and get it published somehow. Whilst the general public remain ignorant we are blowing in the wind and although some are begining to wake up to this fraud and sleeze being commited in the taxpayers name not enough are angry enough yet. They are too busy trying to protect themselves and their own families from suffering similar fates, too cowed by prospect of losing what they have. Until they lose the fear and realise that these people should be working for the interests of the whole Country and not just the few we get nowhere. Politicians like Timms need to realise how angry we are and that his future rests on doing the right thing and not what the bankers desire. Let these money grubbers leave the Country, there are plenty of good people to take over the posts who would accept a much smaller wage, who desire a decent society and understand that it has to be paid for through paying their dues. I notice it is the immigrants turn at the moment, of course it is a winner but nothing will improve under this government who work on divide and rule. We need to stick together whatever our personal views happen to be.

  • Humanity2012 June 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Seems More like a Slavery Programme to Me

    I am so Disgusted with the Failure of the ” Official Opposition ” to Provide the Needed Opposition to the Regime

    Politicians Live in Little Worlds of their Own and yet by their Idiotic Diktats Ruin
    the World for those Not Born like the ” royal ” family into Wealth & Privilege

    Confirms My Belief in a Better System of Government which is a Politician Free Zone

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