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Prison work plan is a ‘jailfare’ scheme

Issue No. 2302

After “workfare” for unemployed people, the government wants to turn prisoners into factory workers—and pay them as little as £10 a week.

Forty firms including Virgin, Marks & Spencer and DHL are set to benefit from justice secretary Kenneth Clarke’s latest “work experience” scheme.

Clarke said, “There’s no reason why they shouldn’t help pay for themselves and the cost of the prison.”

The former Prison Industries Unit will now be run by “One3One Solutions”.


Meanwhile it seems Ikea worked hand in hand with East Germany’s secret police, the Stasi, in the 1980s.

Files in the Stasi archive say it did a deal with the company to produce tables and sofas using political prisoners.

Ikea assures us it didn’t know prisoners were being used—despite the reputation of its then business partner.


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Tue 8 May 2012, 16:29 BST
Issue No. 2302
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