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A form of welfare in which capable adults are required to perform work, often in public-service jobs, as a condition of receiving aid.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a scheme under which the government of a country requires unemployed people to do community work or undergo job training in return for social-security payments
[C20: from work + (wel)fare]



a government plan under which employable welfare recipients are required to accept public-service jobs or participate in job training.
[1965–70; work + (wel) fare]
allocation conditionnelle
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If you are unemployed you are guaranteed at least 30 hours a week unwaged work, courtesy of Tories' Workfare schemes.
More unidentified welfare cuts, more cuts to public services and the men and women who deliver them and more attacks on the things that protect people at work following the huge increase in zero-hours contracts, the pricing out of Employment Tribunals and the exploitation of Workfare and the disgraceful behaviour of firms like ATOS.
SIR - Caerphilly council is to be congratulated for not only being one of the first local authorities in Wales to commit to paying all its staff the Living Wage, thus ensuring more people are lifted out of relying on subsidies, but also committing to not using people provided under the UK Government's Workfare scheme.
Yesterday, the Tories finally abandoned all pretence at chasing the youth vote - as David Cameron personally announced workfare for 18 to 21-year-olds.
As was made clear during the debate in the council chamber, workfare doesn't help people find work, as several studies have shown, sometimes even hindering the process.
She accused the Tories of "breathtaking hypocrisy" in criticising cuts forced on the council, highlighting unpopular government policies such as benefit sanctions and foodbanks, workfare and the bedroom tax.
We are holding a rally as part of a National Day of Action against the Bedroom Tax, benefit sanctions and Workfare.
Unfortunately, there is a contradiction, typified by the workfare programmes, where the unemployed may be told in threat of a sanction (and loss of entitlement to State benefits) for three years, introduced as a consequence of welfare reform.
Workfare policies have been substantially justified through appealing to the objective of advancing the interests of the people subject to the policies (workfare subjects), while simultaneously involving compulsion.
Dave Pickup Unemployment falls That's because they are fiddling the figures by sending people on workfare, people being sent on training for jobs that don't exist, people taking part time work and people being given their pension early at 62 instead of 65.
So there was a lukewarm reception to his announcement on workfare despite the fact his party clearly love it.
Critics of the government initiative are calling it a workfare program.

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