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I was told to report to the Provider for CWP recently. Needless to say I shant be attending this pointless and draconian scheme. They can sanction me if they want, I’m used to fighting them.
The staff are rude and uncaring and basically tell you that if you don’t like it then you’ll get sanctioned or signed off. Why these people carry out the governments orders I don’t know. What kind of people are they?
You have to start straightaway and go to a charity for 30 hours a week for 6 months which is a long long time. Many of the placements break down and you wont necessarily get a choice of where to go. On top of that you have to report to the providers office for 4 hours a week and sit there on their computers. They know you can do this at home or at the library, but they make you go there and sit amongst others who pop out for cigarettes and reek of smoke. No say, no choice. All lumped in together and forced to stay there.
If they can’t find you a placement straightaway you have to attend their office 30 hours a week and sit on their computers. Its like being a prisoner, you are not allowed to leave, apart from half an hour for lunch. This is bad for your eyes no doubt but they don’t care and they know it doesn’t take that long to look for a job either. There are no facilities for keeping food in a fridge while you are there all day. This is a health and safety breach and you could be ill. There didn’t seem to be anywhere to eat either while there. The offices are usually open plan and small. There was nowhere to put coats and umbrellas either. A real squeeze in there.
They just don’t care, they bark out orders and rules.
They know you don’t have to sign their paperwork either, so why do they ask you too if its not compulsory?
I have also heard that the insurance at the charities is not valid, you should ask to see everything, that’s if you agree to go on it in the first place once you find out the horror that awaits you.
Those on CWP should ask to see the policy, they should check the wording before they agree to attend. If an individual is not insured, which it is more than likely that they wont be, then they can refuse to attend, without it resulting in a sanction. Everyone should be concerned about this, people are being forced to volunteer for 6 months and if anything was to happen to someone while they are on a CWP, then all hell would break loose when this insurance flaw came to light.
This will have big repercussions if they do not have the appropriate insurance. We should be demanding that charities withdraw from the CWP scheme, not just because it is a draconian and punitive scheme that is exploiting and forcing people against their will to either volunteer or face destitution by threat of sanction, but also because they are without the correct insurance and are therefore committing an illegal offence.
The idea is just to make life hell for you, whilst they make money from the government. They also threaten to report you to the jobcentre if your late too. This does nothing to help people into work and the charities signing up for this should be ashamed.
Voluntary work is just that – voluntary, not forced.
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