Protesters have taken to the streets of Bristol as part of a national demonstration against the Government's workfare scheme. It's designed to give unemployed people the skills and experience they need to get a job but some say the unpaid scheme amounts to slave labour.
– Department of Work and Pensions Spokesperson
The Work Programme gives providers the flexibility to offer tailored support to suit individuals. We know that work experience has given thousands of young and long-term unemployed people a break and we are delighted that despite the persistent and viscous campaign, companies want to get involved.".