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Tesco's statement: "Threat of losing benefits should be removed"

Tesco's statement: "Threat of losing benefits should be removed"

On Friday night Tesco issued a statement which read….

“We understand the concern that those who stay in the scheme longer than a week risk losing their benefits if they drop out before the end of their placement” we have suggested to DWP that to avoid any misunderstanding about the voluntary nature of the scheme, this threat of losing benefit should be removed.”

Chris Grayling, employment minister, said in a statement:

“Our work experience scheme is voluntary and thanks to companies like Tesco and many others it has provided a route for literally thousands of young people to find their first job. The idea that providing work experience for unemployed young people is some kind of forced labour is utterly and completely absurd.”

Other companies planning to pull out:
Sainsbury’s, Waterstones and TK Maxx.

Lawyers who are bringing a legal claim against the department under the Human Rights Act legislation on forced labour, welcomed Tesco’s move. Solicitor Jim Duffy from Public Interest Lawyers said:

“Tesco, one of the main beneficiaries of the schemes, has now recognised that coercing people into unpaid labour will not solve Britain’s unemployment crisis or empower Britain’s 2.6 million unemployed. The government must now scrap these schemes and come up with individualised tailored approaches that will not only get people into work but will keep them there.”

Other compaies providing placements
Holland & Barrett,
Burger King
Arcadia group Which includes: Topshop, Burton, BHS and Miss Selfridge

Read more in the Guardian


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