The welfare to work ‘charity’ responsible for sending unemployed workers to sleep under a bridge during the Queen’s Jubilee have strong links with the Tory Party and have long operated as a charitable front for the political aims of the business sector.
Tomorrow’s People was established by booze giant Grand Metropolitan PLC – now Diageo – way back in 1984 with the aim of becoming an ‘expert intermediary between government, businesses and job-seekers.’
Whilst the charity has remained technically independent, it has still derived much of it’s funds from Diageo and still retains a former Diageo director on it’s board.
The Chief Executive of tax-dodging bastards Diageo is Paul Walsh, who recently paid a considerable sum for dinner at Chequers with David Cameron, something the Tories apparently attempted to hush up.
Tomorrow’s People’s chairman, David Stewart, spent much of his career at accountancy firm Deloittes where he was a former board member. Deloittes recently teamed up with Ingeus to become one of the largest welfare to work companies in the UK and prime contractors for the Government’s flagship ‘Work Programme’ scheme.
The charity’s Chief Executive, Baroness Debbie Scott, is a Tory life peer. She was once Chief Executive of Iain Duncan Smith’s think tank, the Centre for Social Justice, a right wing bunch of loons who are believed to be among the chief architects of the Government’s shambolic welfare reforms.
It is therefore unlikely that the DWP will take any action against the charity, who have several lucrative sub-contracts for the Work Programme and other Government backed workfare schemes.
Tomorrow’s People have been involved in workfare since before Blair’s New Deal in the late 90s and have long championed the idea of unpaid work. They were involved in John Major’s doomed ‘Project Work’, a workfare scheme which was trialled in the dying days of the Major Government.
The charity, which also has a string of former bankers and CEO’s on it’s board, has helped to give charitable cred to increasingly exploitative workfare schemes. With the deep pockets of Diageo behind it, it has been one of the drivers of a culture which has ended with even homelessness and disability charities becoming involved in forced labour and administering benefit sanctions.
It is therefore no surprise to find this bunch of wolves in sheep’s clothing behind the latest workfare scandal to rock the Government. They really are all in it together and will push just as hard as they think they can get away with to destroy what’s left of the Welfare State.