Revealed: the High Street names that used benefits claimants as free labour

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The list of 534 organisations, which can be read in full here, includes firms such as Tesco, Nando’s, Boots, Superdrug, Morrisons, Asda, Co-op, WHSmith, Poundstretcher, Cash Converter, DHL and a host of other major corporations.

And it also includes charities such as the British Red Cross, Age UK, Cancer Research, Marie Curie, the National Trust, Oxfam, the RSPB, the Salvation Army and Shelter.
Local councils who participated included Essex, Whitby, Leicester, Scarborough, Fenland, Thurrock, Hartlepool and Rochford.  They made use of free labour under the scheme for a six-month period between July 2011 and January 2012.
Campaigers said the list of companies should be shared far and wide and that the schemes did not help people find jobs.

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