voluntary sector

Charities being bullied off Work Programme - DWP

Thu, 28/02/2013 - 12:32 -- nick

DWP has claimed that charities are being intimidated into leaving the government's Work Programme by online activists.

This comes in the wake of Sue Ryder, the care and hospice provider, exiting the Programme's Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) scheme on Monday.

It had previously included 1,000 unemployed people among its 'volunteers', but released a statement which said:

LVSC calls for Work Programme rethink

Fri, 10/08/2012 - 11:24 -- nick

The recent closure of two specialist employment support organisations in London suggests the government's approach to commissioning back-to-work services needs a serious rethink, says London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC).

In the last fortnight, Sutton-based social enterprise Eco Actif Services CIC and Southwark-based charity Red Kite Learning (RKL) have announced their closure due to lack of funds.

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