The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has lost its appeal against naming and shaming workfare exploiters. They must now reveal the organisations (including Charities) that have used Mandatory Work Activity, Work Experience, and Work Programme placements.
The government had argued that: “Put simply, disclosure (of names) would have been likely to have led to the collapse of the Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) scheme”.
They also argued that: “Charities, would lose donations and customers because they would be subject to extremely adverse publicity if their involvement with the programmes was revealed.” Let’s hope they do.
The DWP said it was “very disappointed” and was considering its next move. That could include an appeal to the high court or deploying a ministerial veto to ban publication.
The last time the DWP lost a ‘workfare’ case at the courts, they changed the legislation retroactively with the help of the Labour party. So watch this space.