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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Why Cait Riley is important!

Cait Riley gets a degree in Geology and starts job hunting. Then she has a wheeze - why not volunteer to work in a local museum? Keep in touch with her industry and give her something to get in the morning for.

Then, enter "Jobcentre Plus", the government department supposedly in charge of helping the unemployed into jobs. They compel her to stop doing sensible volunteering and give her mandatory unpaid work at Poundland a commercial shop.

I'm please to report that the courts have backed her case although the government are determined to revers the ruling.

These "workfare" programmes mess with the voluntary sector in a number of ways

Fundamentally, the government doesn't understand the voluntary sector at all.

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