Read the full list: Companies, councils and charities who used benefits claimants as unpaid labour

Some of the companies and charities pulled out after strong criticism of the Coalition government's Mandatory Work Activity scheme

Jess Staufenberg
Saturday 30 July 2016 14:01
A number of major supermarkets, as well as well-known charities, were involved in the Mandatory Work Activity scheme in 2011 to 2012
A number of major supermarkets, as well as well-known charities, were involved in the Mandatory Work Activity scheme in 2011 to 2012

The names of more than 500 companies involved in a controversial scheme to make people work without pay for their benefits have been released after a court over-ruled the Government's attempt to keep them secret.

Major high street companies and well-known charitable organisations are included in a list made public by the Department for Work and Pensions, four years after it blocked a legal bid to make the information openly accessible.

The 534 organisations were signed up to a scheme which required jobseekers' allowance and other benefit claimants to work unpaid for 30 hours a week in order to receive their weekly welfare payment, which could be as little as £73.

It is not yet clear under what circumstances the organisations joined the Mandatory Work Activity scheme, and whether they believed it was an employment rehabilitation programme.

But Tesco, and charities including Cancer Research, PDSA, Age UK and the British Heart Foundation, have said they pulled out after it was widely criticised. The scheme was eventually scrapped in 2015.

The full list is:

African Childrens Fund

Abacus Children’s Wear



Ace of Clubs Charity Shop


Action for Disability

Action Housing

Active Community Team

Advocacy Support

Afro Caribbean Centre

Age Concern

Age UK

Agnew Community Centre

Air Ambulance

Aire Valley Recycling Ltd

Airedale Computers,

Al-Khair Foundation

All Aboard

Allied Healthcare

Almadene Care Home

AMF Torquay Bowling Alley

Amicus Horizon Housing Association

Animal Krackers

ARAS German Shepherd Inn


Archer Project

Arthritis Research UK

Arthur Rank

Arts Factory



Asha Charity Shop

Ashgate Hospice

Aspire Community Enterprise Ltd

Auchinleck Talbot F.C.

Autism Plus

Aylestone Park Boys Football Club



Bangladesh People

Bangladeshi ass sangag centre


Basic Life Charity


Beaumaris Hostel

Bedfordshire Education Academy

Belgrave Hall Museum

Bernicia Group (Social housing provider)


Blaby & Whetstone Boys Club

Blue Cross

Bluebell Wood



Botanical Gardens

Bottle Rescue Aireworth Mill

BR Environmental

Bradford Autism Centre

Bradford Community repaint

Breaking Free

Brian Jackson House

Briardale Community Centre

Bright House

Brighton and hove wood recycling

Britannia College

British Heart Foundation

British Red Cross

British Waterways

Brockhurst Community Centre

Bryncynon Strategy

Bryncynon Strategy

Butterwick Hospice

Cancer Research

Cancer Uk

Capability Scotland

Care & Repair

Carers Centre

Caribbean Centre

Caribbean Restaurant (Streatham)

Carlisle Park

Carr Vale Allotments

Cash Convertors

Castle Gresley Community Centre

Cat Haven

Cats Protection League

Cauwood day services

CCA Furniture Outlet

Cerebal Palsey Care

Changing Lives in Clevedon

chapletown youth community centre

Chesterfield FC Community Trust

Chestnut Tree House Shop

Children in Distress

Children Scrapstore Reuse Centre

Children Trust

Childrens Society

Chopsticks North Yorkshire


Citizen Advice Bureau

Claire House

Clic Sargent

Comfort Kids

Community Association - Trefechan

Community Re-Paint

Community Resource Centre

Community Voice

Complete Professional Care

Compton Hospice

Congburn Nurseries

Cooke Computers

Cooke E - Learning Foundation


Corby Boating Lake


Cornwall Hospice Care

County Durham Furniture Help Scheme

Croydon animal samaritans

CSV Media

Cusworth Hall

CVS Furniture

Dan's Den Colwyn Bay

Dapp UK

DC Cleaning




Derbyshire Timber Scheme


Dial Intake

Didcot Railyway Museum

Disabled Childrens Services

Discovery Community Cafe

Dogs Trust Glasgow

Dogsthorpe Recycling Centre

Doncaster College

Doncaster Community Centre

Dorothy House Hospice

Dorset Reclaim

Dovehouse Hospice Shop

Dragon Bands

Durham Wildlife Trust

E Waste Solutions

Earl Mountbatten Hospice

East Anglia Childrens Hospice Shop

East Cleveland Wildlife Trust

East Durham Partnership

East Midlands Islamic Relief Project

East West Community Project

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

eco Innovation Centre

Elleanor Lion Hospice


Encephalitis society

English Landscapes

Enhanced Care Training

Enterprise UK

Environmental Resource Centre

Essex County Council

Extra care Charitable Trust


Family Support


Fare share Malmo Food Park

Featherstone Rovers

Fenland District Council

First Fruits

FN! Eastbourne

Foal Farm

Food Cycle

Fops Shop

forget me not childrens hospice

Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy

Fountain Abbey

Fox Rush Farm




Fresh water christian charity

Friends of St Nicholas Fields


Furniture for You

Furniture Project


Gateway funiture

Genesis Trust

George Thomas Hospice - Barry

Geranium Shop For The Blind

Glasgow Furniture Initative

Glen Street Play Provision

Goodwin Development Trust

Govanhill Baths Community Trust

Greenacres Animal Rescue Shop



Greenstreams Huddersfield/ environmental alliance

Grimsby District Health care charity

Ground Work

Hadston House

Happy Staffie

Harlington Hospice

Hart Wildlife Rescue

Hartlepool Council

Hartlepool Hospice

Hartlepool Prop (Mental Health)

Hartlepool Trust Opening Doors

Hastings & Bexhill Wood Recycling Project

Havens Childrens Hospice Shop

Havering Country Park


Healthy Living Centre

Hebburn Community Centre

Help the Aged

helping hands

High Beech Care Home

High Wycombe Central Aid

Hillam Nurseries

Hinsley Hall Headingley

Hobbit Hotel

Holmescarr Community Centre

Home Start


Hope central

Hospice of hope

Hounslow Community Transport Furniture Project

Hull Animal Welfare Trust Hull

Humanity at Heart

I Trust

Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO)

Intraining Employers

Ipswich Furniture Project

Iranian Association

Islamic Relief

Jacabs Well Care Center

Jesus Army Centre


Julian House Charity Shop

K.T. Performing Arts

Kagyu Samye Dzong London

Keech Hospice Care Shop

Keighley & District Disabled

Kier Services – Corby

Kilbryde Hospice

Killie Can Cycle

Kingston Community Furniture Project

Kiveton Park & Wales Community Development Trust


Leeds & Moortown Furniture Store

Leicester City Council

Leicester Riders

Leicester Shopmobility

Leicestershire Aids Support Services

Leicestershire Cares



Linacre Reservoir

London Borough of Havering

London College of Engineering & Management Woolwich

Longley Organised Community Association

Lyme Trust

Lynemouth Resource Centre

Mackworth Comm. Charity Shop

Making a Difference

Marie Curie

Mark2 (marc)

Martin House Hospice

Mary Stevens Hospice



Matthew25 Mission

Mayflower Sanctuary

MDJ Lightbrothers

Meadow Well Connected


Mental Health Support

Midland Railway Trust


Miners Welfare community centre

Mistley Place Park

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal Regeneration Partnership Scheme

Moore Cleaning


Muslim Aid

Myton Hospice


Naomi Hospice

National Railway Museum

National Trust


Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Necessary Furniture

Neighbourhood funiture

Neterlands Dog Rescue

New Life Church

Newham Volenteers Group

Newport City Council

Nightingale House

NOAH enterprise

North East Lincs Motor Project

North London Hospice Shop

North Ormesby Community Shop

Northumberland County Council


Old Nick Theatre

One 0 One

Open Secret

Overgate Hospice


Papworth Trust

Partner Shop

Paul Sartori Warehouse

Paws Animal Welfare Shop


Pegswood Community Centre

Pennywell Community Association

Peterborough Streets

Pheonix Community Furniture

Pilgrim Hospice

Placement Furniture Project

Platform 51 Doncaster Womens Centre


Plymouth Food Bank

Plymouth Play Association

Plymouth Volunteer Centre

Pound stretcher

POW Shop

Powys Animal Welfare Shop

PPE Paving

Preen Community Interest Company



Prince of Wales Sherburn in elmet

Princess Trust

Queen Elizabeth Foundation

Queens Walk Community

Queensland Multi-Media Arts Centre

Rainbow Centre

Rainbows End Burngreave

Real Time Music

Recycling unlimited

Red Cross


Regenerate Community Enterprise



Rhyl Adventure Playground Association

Right Time Foundation


Rochford Council

Rosalie Ryrie Foundation

Rosliston Foresty

Royal Society for Blind.

Royal Wotton Bassett Town Council




Rudyard Lake

S & S Services



Salvation Army

Santosh Community Centre


Save the children

Savera Resource Centre


Scarborough Council

SCD Fabrications

School of English Studies


Scottish Cancer Support

Scottish International Relief

Scunthorpe Central Community Centre

Seagull Recycling

Seahouses Development Trust

Second Chance

Second Opportunities

Sedgemoor Furniture Store


Sesku Acadamy Centre

Shaw Trust

Sheffield Reclamation Ltd - Reclaim


Shooting Stars

Shopmobility & Community Transport - Access

Slough Furniture Project


Sneyd Green

Somali Community Parents Association


Somerset Wood Re-Cycling

South Ayrshire Council

South Bucks Hospice Warehouse

South Wales Boarders Museum

Southend United Football Club

Spaghetti House

Spitafields Crypt Trust

Splash fit

St Barnabas

St Catherines Hospice Trading

St Chads Community Centre

St Clare's Hospice

St Davids Foundation

St Elizabeth Hospice Charity Shop

St Francis Hospice Shops Ltd

St Gemma's Hospice

St Georges Crypt

St Giles

St Helens House

St Hughs Community Centre

St Lukes Hospice

St Margarets Hospice Scotland

St Oswald's Hospice

St Peters Church

St Peters Hospice

St Raphaels hospice

St Vincents

St. Catherines Hospice

St.Theresa's Charity Shop

Stages Café

Stannah Stair Lifts

Stef's Farm (Education Farm)

Step Forward

Stocking Farm Healthy Living Centre ( Sure Start)

Stockton Council

Stone Pillow


Strood Community Project

Strut Lincoln

Sudbury Town Council

Sue Ryder

Sunderland Community Furniture

Sunderland North Community Business Centre


Swindon 105.5

Sycamore Lodge

sydney bridge furniture shop


T&M Kiddy's Kingdom

Tara Handicrafts


Teesside Hospice

Tendring Furniture Scheme

Tendring Reuse & Employment Enterprise



Thames Hospicecare

Thames Valley Hospice

Thanet District Council

The Ark Shop

The Art Organisation

The Charity Shop

The Childrens Society

The Childrens trust

The Crossing

The Good Neighbour Project

The Greenhouse

The Harrow Club

The Hinge Centre Ltd

The Isabella Community Centre

The Island Partnership

The Kiln Cafe

The learning community

The Linskill Centre

The Listening Company

The Octagon Centre Hull

The Old Manor House Riding Stables

The Princess Alice Hospice

The Range

The Reuse Centre

The Rising Sun Art Centre

The Rock Foundation Ice House

The Shores Centre

The Spurriergate Centre

The Undercliffe cemetary charity

The Vine Project

The Welcoming Project

The Woodworks (Genesis Trust)

Think 3E,

Thirsk Clock

Thurrock Council

Thurrock Reuse Partnership (TRUP)



Top Draw


Trinity Furniture Store

Troed Y Rhiw Day Project

True Volunteer Foundation


Twice as Nice Furniture Project

Twirls and Curls

Ty Hafan

Tylorstown Communities First

United Churches Healing Ministry

United Play Day Centre

Unity in the Community


Untapped Resource

Urban Recycling

Vale of Aylesbury Vineyard Church Project

Vista Blind

Walpole Water Gardens

Walsall Hospice

Wandsworth Oasis trading Company Limited

Wat Tyler Centre



Well Cafe

Wellgate Community Farm

Wellingborough District Hindu Centre

Western Mill Cemetary

WH Smith


Whitby Council

Wildlife Trust


Willen Care Furniture Shop

Willington Community Resource Centre

Windhill Furniture Store Shipley

Woking Community Furniture Project

Womens Aid

Womens Centre

Woodlands Camp

Worsbrough Mill & County Park



York Archaeological Trust

York Bike Rescue

York Carers centre

Yorkshire Trust

Yozz Yard


Zues Gym

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