Picket against the Flexible New Deal
- Stop The Flexible New Deal! Protest against FND providers in Brighton
- Meet at the Clock Tower at 10:30am Wednesday 24th March
Fight the real benefit scroungers!
The Government claims that it is spending £5 billion on ‘helping the unemployed’ but a large amount of this money is being used as handouts to Labour’s business friends through the ‘Flexible New Deal’, a mandatory year-long scheme for everyone unemployed more than a year. Across the country 55 private companies have been given lucrative contracts to make the unemployed jump through hoops and compete for non-existent jobs or lose their benefit.
Apart from the people employed by these companies these privately run schemes will not produce any new jobs. In Brighton, Career Development Group, Maximus, and Skills Training UK Ltd. are the three providers who are running the flexible new deal. These companies will be making profits out of unemployment. Laughably, in 2008/09 CDG made £0.5 million in savings through redundancies! Meanwhile Maximus’s five-year, FND contract has an estimated value of around $200 million! A giant American multinational company specialising in welfare provision, Maximus are steeped in corruption and scandal in the USA through fraud, false claims, mismanagement of funds, and gender and racial discrimination. They are now bringing these welfare techniques to the UK. We want to show them, and the rest of the spongers, that they aren’t welcome.