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Hungry, thirsty and forced to attend the work programme.

Posted on: February 23, 2015

This is against the law. Water has to be provided where people are going to be staying for more than an hour or so. Meal and toilet breaks are the law. If it’s an 8.30am start, then it’s an hour for lunch with two 15 minute tea breaks, 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.

The poor side of life

Imagine this situation if you can. You have no money either because your sanctioned or your income is so low that you don’t have a spare penny. You are forced to attend your local work programme provider and have to attend everyday from 8.30am until 5pm. You are told that you have to spend all that time looking on their computers if there is one available for non existent jobs, which prevent you from going out and looking for real work. You feel demoralised, depressed and feel that your future is going nowhere. Let’s just add this to the equation. Your work programme provider refuses to provide you with even a glass of water. You have no money to bring sandwiches and haven’t got enough money to bring a flask. You ask for a drink and they say no we aren’t going to provide anyone with a drink. You aren’t…

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