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WORKFARE SCHEMES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 808: tabled on 12 February 2009

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 46 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House is concerned about the proposals made in the first clause in the Welfare Reform Bill relating to work for your benefits schemes, which give powers to introduce mandatory full-time work experience pilots from 2010 and will require some jobseekers to engage for up to six weeks in a programme of full-time community-based work experience, claiming that this will enable claimants to build up work habits and practical experience; notes that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) defines workfare as programmes that have the aim to improve the employability and work habits of participants and that enforce the reciprocal responsibilities of those receiving social assistance through taking part in activities of benefit to the wider community; further notes the DWP research report published in 2008 examining the impact of workfare schemes that mandate participation in unpaid work activities as a condition of receiving social assistance which found that workfare has a deterrent effect that stops people claiming or encourages people to leave welfare schemes before the workfare stage; further notes that the present sum of £60.50 per week Jobseeker's Allowance equates to £1.73 per hour for a 35 hour week of full-time mandatory activity; and therefore calls on the Government to make work for your benefits schemes voluntary.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 18 March 2009
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Burgon, Colin
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Elmet
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Gower
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Leyton and Wanstead
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Stockton North
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Islington North
Cousins, Jim
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2009
Bolton North East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2009
Keighley
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 12 February 2009
Blaenau Gwent
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 24 February 2009
Foyle
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Sunderland North
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 February 2009
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Walthamstow
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 February 2009
Portsmouth South
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 March 2009
Oxford West and Abingdon
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Luton North
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 March 2009
Cheltenham
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 July 2009
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Barnsley Central
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Mason, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 February 2009
Glasgow East
Moffat, Anne
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2009
East Lothian
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Knowsley South
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 March 2009
Southport
Purchase, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Wolverhampton North East
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Halifax
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 2009
Rochdale
Short, Clare
Independent Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Birmingham, Ladywood
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Nottingham South
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
North West Leicestershire
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2009
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Independent
Signed on 24 February 2009
Liverpool, West Derby
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 March 2009
Cardiff Central
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Batley and Spen

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.