Students Against Workfare!

1 Nov

One of the students in our Tower Hamlets class brought up their fears about the introduction of workfare and these fears were echoed around the classroom. We decided to put aside the work we had planned and instead, worked on making  a pros and cons list about workfare. We then wrote a letter explaining our opinions and position and have posted it to the people involved in creating the scheme. Here’s the letter to read while we eagerly await a response.


Dear Mr Duncan Smith,

We hope this letter finds you well. We are students at ‘English for Action’; an organisation that runs community English classes across London. We are writing to you because we are concerned with the idea of workfare.

We understand that workfare could lead to getting a job however, it is not a good idea for people to work and not be paid. We would not receive payment for working and we feel that this is fundamentally wrong.

In addition, when working under the workfare scheme it is not possible to find time to look for paid employment. We feel that by being forced to work, we are being treated like criminals. We are not criminals we are just unemployed.

We also feel that having to take part in workfare could lead to people feeling negatively about their position and they could become depressed. We would like to call on you to stop workfare and look for a fairer, less negative way of helping people look for work.

Please consider our thoughts and position on this matter. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

The participants of EFA Tower Hamlets class


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