I have been reading this and it reminded me of way back in 2009 when I was placed in a work programme.
I had been unemployed about a year and up until then I had been working in the same job for 15 years but left due to ill health,
applied for ESA which was refused and naively did as I was told.
i was in survival mode and if they said jump I jumped much to the detriment of my own health.
I had to be at this place for 30 hours a week, sign in and out for 3 months.
It was horrendous, or at the very least ridiculous.
We had to job search for 6 hours a day but because of the volume of people you would wait hours just to get on a computer so would sit there doing nothing.
I had a computer at home that I could of been using but was not allowed to leave even though I was just sitting there.
We were lucky if we got access to a PC for an hour in our 6 hour day.
I actually felt like a prisoner.
To this day I still can't believe that we all, like sheep went along with this nonsense.
From what I have read here it does seem to of improved slightly but still seems to be paying people to find unemployable people a job which they are unable to do and sanctioning them if they don't conform.