Mandatory Work Activity/Jobcentre Managers shareholdings in participating companies.

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

It has been revealed that 24,010 jobseekers were referred to work for four weeks, for 30 hours a week, unpaid labour under the government's mandatory work activity (MWA)programme between May 2011 until November 2011.
Under the scheme jobcentre managers have the power to make unemployed people undertake the unpaid work for high-street chains including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Argos, Asda, Maplin, TK Maxx, Matalan, Primark, Holland & Barrett, Boots, McDonald's, Burger King, Poundland and the Arcadia group which includes Miss Sellfridge, Topshop, Burton, Dorothy Perkins. BHS, Evans, Topman, Wallis and Outfit.

Could you please inform me what checks are currently in place to ensure that jobcentre managers, and their family members, are not share-holders in any of the private companies benefiting from this free labour scheme. As the companies would obviously be put in a position of boosting their profits, due to the exploitation of these claimants, what requirements exist for jobcentre managers and other jobcentre/DWP employees to declare this conflict of interest.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Taylor

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£17.5m of free labour supplied to private companies subsidised by tax payers:

24,010 referrals to a Mandatory Work Activity placement between May 2011 to November 2011

30 hours compulsory work per week for 4 weeks = 120 hours per referral

120 hours x 24,010 referrals = 2,881,200 hours

2,881,200 hours x £6.08 (minimum wage) = £17,517,696 of free labour supplied to private companies for this 3 month period

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