The DWP refused Freedom of Information requests to reveal the organisations which were using free labour under the various schemes dubbed "workfare". The Information Commissioner said they had to. The DWP refused again, on the grounds that it would cause "damage to commercial interests", and charities would suffer from the "adverse publicity". Now a tribunal led by three judges has ruled that the DWP must comply and publish the list. (See the Guardian)
While the Boycott Workfare group is justifiably triumphant, I don't think they should rejoice too soon. This government doesn't regard such legal rulings as binding. As the Guardian says, they could appeal to the high court or use a ministerial veto to ban publication. My bet would be that the list never will be published.
The DWP seems to assume that if they have to reveal the organisations taking part in these schemes it will effectively bring them to an end. And that means, they say, that the firms paid to organise them would have to sack staff and lose money. Ingeus said it would lose £1m in revenue, and Seetec said they would have to sack 53 people. (A4e don't seem to have been asked.) So the taxpayer is paying millions to force people into working for their benefits. Crazy, isn't it? There's another interesting fact in the Guardian piece. The current Chief Executive of Ingeus is Dean James, who is a former senior DWP civil servant. How very cosy.