There's an interesting story in Hull's local paper here which involves A4e. I stress that no blame attaches to A4e.
It goes back to New Deal days, before 2008, when A4e had the contract in the city. They would send people on fork lift truck courses (in those days you could get actual skills training). One man who was sent on this was appalled to find that the boss of the firm was a man, Nicholas Holbrook, who had sexually abused him as a child, something he had never reported. The man said he would not go on this training with Holbrook. Says the paper: 'He claims he told the company of Holbrook’s abuse. Mr Wilson said: “I said I’m not going. He abused me as a young kid. They told me you can’t make accusations like that against a pillar of the community. You’ll get your benefits stopped. I had a wife and three kids [so had to go].”'
Wilson came forward when he learned in 2013 that Holbrook had been jailed for 7 years for raping and sexually assaulting two men who had also been referred to Holbrook for training. The report doesn't say how those two came to be referred, or by whom. Wilson's evidence at a new trial put Holbrook away for a further 6 years.
As I said, no blame attaches to A4e. It just seems a somewhat extreme example of what can happen when people are compelled, under threat of destitution, to put themselves in impossible situations.