Where did £1.5m for Jubilee stewarding go?


10:01 am - June 5th 2012

by Sunny Hundal    


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Last night the Guardian revealed the extraordinary story that a group of long-term unemployed jobseekers were bussed into London to work as unpaid stewards during the diamond jubilee celebrations.

Not only that, they were told to camp under London Bridge the night before the pageant, had no access to toilets for 24 hours, and were taken to a swampy campsite outside London after working a 14-hour shift in the pouring rain.

According to Shiv Malik this was all part of the government’s Work Programme. Alternatively called the ‘Slave Labour Programme’.

But didn’t the government allocate money towards stewarding the river pageant?

Actually it did.

Documents posted on the GLA website (ht @SE1) show that the GLA, Home Office and DCMS contribute £500k each for stewarding and crowd control.

Following multi-agency assessment of the scope of River Pageant and the requirement for adequate stewarding and crowd management arrangements along the route on the north and south banks of the Thames, it is proposed that DCMS, Home Office and GLA make an equal contribution of up to £500,000 each towards the costs of such arrangements.

The PDF documents say the £1.5m was raised. But where did the money for stewarding go?

Did that £1.5m go entirely to the contracted companies, and not the long-term unemployed people they drafted in?

More questions need to be asked about this incident.


(image by @sparkyf1)

UPDATES
The company involved has now apologised for the “misunderstanding”… that led people to being dropped off there at 3am instead of 5am. That’s it.

It also looks like that, as a result, the Queen was put at security risk as the staff weren’t vetted adequately. There are now demands for an inquiry by John Prescott.

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Neo serfdom coming our way fast.
It’s worth pointing out though that slavery is being compelled to work against your will rather than just doing unpaid work, because otherwise volunteering would also be slavery. In this case the compulsion is contained in the work programme.

Perhaps those interested could email the Company MD, molly@ldc-uk.com?

Here is the blog which broke the story – apparently the brother of one one of the slaves, er I mean people seeking work experience.
http://eddiegillard.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/queen-put-at-risk-by-workfare-provider/

CPUK say, in the Guardian article, that they paid £100 per head for boots and combat trousers. If true, someone’s in the wrong job.

As a retired buyer (shipbuilding), if I couldn’t get those for at least half that, and possibly less, I’d deserve to be fired. Hell, I could go online right now and get boots and combats for £50, and that’s at retail prices. Given the time these clowns have had to shop around, and trade contacts, I could probably do better.

If this level of inefficiency is repeated at the Olympics, we’re screwed.

I thought this was interesting:

“The company said it had spent up to £220 on sponsoring security training licences for each participant”

And I’ve seen bandied about that there were 7,000 such stewards.

£220 times 7,000 is, umm, just about £1.5 million.

No, of course, not every steward will have needed to get this qualification: some will already have had it. But if as and when anyone gets to the bottom of where the £1.5 million went I’m sure we’ll find that a goodly proportion of it went on such paperwork malarkey.

Good thing we’ve no red tape that needs burning, isn’t it?

And as a very common song being sung these past few day says ‘Britons never, never, never shall be slaves’ A bit ironic really.

The elites favourite combination. Unelected, hereditary wealth and privilege, mixed with slave labour. How very tory.

8. Eowyn Rohan

Let’s not forget that Two Jags Mr John Prescott is vying for an £90K plus expenses job….

@ Tim Worstallt

Well the government paid for people to steward the event, they didn’t pay for private companies to use the money for their training budget and then not pay their staff, if we accepted your theoretical, just asking questions, version of events.

The qualification the company are referring to is NVQ Level 2 in Spectator Safety, which is down as a six month course. NVQ level 2 courses are courses you take to recognise the skills you already have in your role. It is then transferable to another employer, but the as the only way you can get the NVQ2 is to already be doing the job, it means you’ll already have the experience on your CV that you need to get the job. It’s a bit of a useless qualification.

Note it also takes six months. The scheme Close Protection UK are taking advantage of is the one where you can pay employees the apprentice wage as long as they are doing a qualification, which because they are simple and require very little actual time, is usually NVQ2. This means that instead of getting paid whatever the going rate is you get paid £2.80 an hour instead, and you can even be doing an NVQ2 with existing members of staff who are paid a proper wage and doing the same job as you.

CP-UK had 50 apprentices and 30 unemployed people on this job, and the unemployed people were told they would be paid for doing the work when the got on the coach in Brighton or Bristol, and then told they wouldn’t when they got off in London, and were told if they refused to volunteer to do it they wouldn’t be considered for paid work during the Olympics.

How they were meant to get home if they didn’t volunteer to stay was not covered.

I know this is the system as it is supposed to work, but do you not have any problems with this? No opinion beyond a little bit of whataboutery?

Tim @5:

“But if as and when anyone gets to the bottom of where the £1.5 million went I’m sure we’ll find that a goodly proportion of it went on such paperwork malarkey.”

No, I’m sure that we’ll find that a goodly proportion of it went into the bank accounts of the directors; that’s what almost invariably happens in these cases.

11. Grayling

@ 8. Eowyn Rohan

What does that have to do with anything? Seriously, if you wanted to have a pop at Prescott you should mention his infidelity or his record in government. I feel sorry for you having wasted time typing such an irrelevance. Either way neither have anything to do with this story.

The story over the stewarding is indeed a disturbing one and I’m sure there will be more to come out in the near future. If indeed there were costs for training and equipment then the company should have said that £1.5 million wasn’t enough and turned down the contract. It’s worrying that they felt it was acceptable able to cut their costs by not paying their employees.

Arbeit Macht Frei.

And yet “Britons never, never, never shall be slaves” huh

15. Grayling

According to Boycott Workfare the owner of CPUK has had 8 companies all dissolved

From the original Word Press Blog

in response to Molly Prince:

I am happy to answer your questions! But first I will cover some back ground information for your story to ensure accuracy of reporting. Firstly We are absolutely un aware of any staff being forced to attend the event and are extremely un happy if this is the case. There is no unpaid labour, everyone […]
Molly, would you be kind enough to clarify some points? Firstly, which company Close Protection UK paid for training the stewards – was it Leadership Development Centre which, I discover on LinkedIn, is, like CPUK, owned by you? If so, were Tomorrows People aware of this common ownership? What measures did CPUK put in place to ensure that all the stewards had completed the necessary training before the Jubilee? Would you also clarify if the cost of the equipment supplied to the stewards was recouped from the fee charged to the Jubilee organisers by CPUK, recouped from another organisation or government body, or donated as an in-kind benefit by CPUK? It would also be of public interest, I am sure, to know what fee per steward was charged to the Jubilee organisers. Thank you, in anticipation.

Also where is our resident troll – So much for subtlety …not like him is it ?

16. Mr Grunt

Cameron’s vision of The Big Society !

17. concerned citizen

A full day’s work should get a full day’s pay.

Stop treating unemployed people as slave labour.

The disabled and unemployed are just looked on as undesirables, to be used and abused by big firms for profit, endorsed fully by this shameful coalition.

19. tigerdarwin

Nasty jeering in favour of treating the unemployed like dirt on Any Questions at Aldeburgh ( I think that’s the spelling) in Yorkshire.

Clearly orchestrated, i.e. anyone who knows how AQ works will realise that the BBC hands the invite process over to local organisers. They invite their mates, especially a problem in Middle England.

20. tigerdarwin

@13 GD

heard the thick prat IDS saying the English version on Radio 5 a few months ago, what a dimwit hey


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  122. Chris Paul

    Tim Worstall also hits the nail on the head about the actually awful Guardian story about the Work Programme: http://t.co/YFMVGjP9

  123. Michael John Taylor

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  124. Bingobrewtea

    RT @sunny_hundal: There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/08BJFTid (icymi)

  125. David Lucas

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  126. NoTo UKCoalition

    RT @sunny_hundal: Govt allocated £1.5m to steward the River Pageant; so where did that money go? http://t.co/s3Lfu1RS #slavelabour

  127. Glen Chisholm

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  128. M Thomson Fibromite

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  129. andreas wheeler

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  130. Dan Stephens

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  131. Peter Underwood

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  132. David Campbell

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  133. sunny hundal

    @johnprescott John, the govt allocated £1.5m costs for stewarding the River Pageant too. Where did money the go? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d

  134. Rollstopcontrol

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  135. Phil Hartup

    @johnprescott John, the govt allocated £1.5m costs for stewarding the River Pageant too. Where did money the go? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d

  136. Martin Day

    @johnprescott John, the govt allocated £1.5m costs for stewarding the River Pageant too. Where did money the go? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d

  137. Alexi Wheeler

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  138. Ann Woods

    RT @sunny_hundal: There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/08BJFTid (icymi)

  139. Robert Newman

    @johnprescott John, the govt allocated £1.5m costs for stewarding the River Pageant too. Where did money the go? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d

  140. SNPDunblane

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  141. Neil Atkinson

    RT @sunny_hundal: There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/08BJFTid (icymi)

  142. Steve

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  143. Jo

    RT @sunny_hundal: There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/08BJFTid (icymi)

  144. Tom Wilcock

    RT @sunny_hundal: There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/08BJFTid (icymi)

  145. Danny Vandal

    Where did £1.5m for River Pageant stewarding go? | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/MoevPZeW via @libcon

  146. Hollie

    @shivmalik1 Where did £1.5m for River Pageant stewarding go?http://t.co/rs0OBCuB

  147. lesley-ann easton

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  148. James McLaughlin

    Where did £1.5m for Jubilee stewarding go?http://t.co/Os6L0Ml0 via @libcon

  149. Rob Crosbie

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  150. rizzie a

    Where did £1.5m for Jubilee stewarding go?http://t.co/Os6L0Ml0 via @libcon

  151. Kevin

    Our top story today: the govt allocated £1.5m for River Pageant stewarding – where did it go? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d

  152. Chris Binns

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  153. Fleur Young

    @EvanHD Migth be worth asking what happened to the £1.5m the govt had allocated for the stewarding already… http://t.co/CPPU9h1d

  154. Chris Anderson

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  155. Redriderr

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  156. Rep in the Regions

    @EvanHD Migth be worth asking what happened to the £1.5m the govt had allocated for the stewarding already… http://t.co/CPPU9h1d

  157. Patrick Allen

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  158. Carrie JS

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  159. Anthony Jones

    Where did £1.5m for Jubilee stewarding go? | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/nkmuULLY via @libcon

  160. Catherine Sharpe

    @EvanHD Migth be worth asking what happened to the £1.5m the govt had allocated for the stewarding already… http://t.co/CPPU9h1d

  161. Annie Gray

    Our top story today: the govt allocated £1.5m for River Pageant stewarding – where did it go? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d

  162. Jay Nathan

    “@johnprescott: So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/PVilvMQv via @libcon”

  163. Martin Steel

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  164. Kieran Lewis

    Govt allocated £1.5m to steward the River Pageant; so where did that money go? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d #slavelabour

  165. Ben Raza

    Our top story today: the govt allocated £1.5m for River Pageant stewarding – where did it go? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d

  166. David Dixon

    Where did £1.5m for River Pageant stewarding go? http://t.co/FXllu2Vq

  167. TeresaMary

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  168. Wesley Rykalski

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  169. Sue Rose

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  170. Amanda

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  171. Stephen Etheridge

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  172. Bob Lloyd

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  173. Patrick Osgood

    Where did £1.5m for Jubilee stewarding go? | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/nkmuULLY via @libcon

  174. Amanda Wilkinson

    Where did £1.5m for Jubilee stewarding go? | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/nkmuULLY via @libcon

  175. Dizzying Crest

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  176. Paul Sandars

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  177. Finola Kerrigan

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  178. Kate

    £1.5 million for #jubileestewards? Why didn't they see a penny of it? http://t.co/uKBNN7pF

  179. Kate

    @MyCrippledEagle Aw bby your tweets are fam0us: http://t.co/uKBNN7pF

  180. Bliadhnaichean

    Our top story today: the govt allocated £1.5m for River Pageant stewarding – where did it go? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d

  181. After Jubileegate: five reasons why the Work Programme gets it wrong | Left Foot Forward

    […] jobseekers treated extremely poorly and £1.5m worth of government budgeting for Jubilee stewarding gone missing. The suspicions of fraud that will inevitably surround the latter issue are not new, as Left Foot […]

  182. ** FindNellie **

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  183. Jollie Rodgers

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  184. shane

    There was £1.5m allocated to spend on stewarding; so why were unemployed bussed in for free? http://t.co/CPPU9h1d (icymi)

  185. BevR

    Where did £1.5m for Jubilee stewarding go? | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/S6fRlu5H via @libcon

  186. michael davern

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  187. Southwark SOS

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  188. Paula Barker

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  189. Southwark Greens

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  190. Stevie_McN

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  191. Martin Watson

    @johnprescott this is the bit that means an enquiry is needed. Here: http://t.co/eFAVsSuw

  192. Nick

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  193. Vivienne Ward

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  194. Albert Memorial

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  195. rob lee

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  196. Arrogant Posh Boys

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  197. Verity

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  198. Neil R Brady

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  199. Christopher Callan

    This is a scandal that defies belief beyond anything #sameoldtories have done so far… http://t.co/T3PmnjXw via @libcon

  200. Simon Barrow

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  201. Keith Davis

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  202. Keith Hebden

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  203. Phil Beardmore

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  204. marmite

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  205. FiveDee

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  206. ddraig

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  207. Angel??&?

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  208. Claire Johnson

    So there was a £1.5m Government budget for #jubileestewards but the stewards got NOTHING http://t.co/y9nrvdB3 via @libcon

  209. BevR

    Where did £1.5m for Jubilee stewarding go? | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/S6fRlu5H via @libcon

  210. Martin Wilson

    Another way of avoiding tax is to be a slave for the Queen. http://t.co/Ty1F2bW9

  211. Unpaid Diamond Jubilee Stewards Were Forced to Sleep Under London Bridge - Nlyten.com

    […] UK politics blog Liberal Conspiracy wondered out loud where the £1.5m allocated toward stewarding the river pageant went. Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott has called for a formal inquiry, saying if the […]

  212. BevR

    Where did £1.5m for Jubilee stewarding go? | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/S6fRlu5H via @libcon

  213. NORBET

    http://t.co/6KSrCIcJ #CPUK #Mollieprince #jubileestewards #workfare #Prospects #Tomorrowspeople #DWP #GovtbyDelBoy #johnprescott #Tories

  214. ‘Boris, where did £500k for #JubileeStewards go?’ | Liberal Conspiracy

    […] this blog first highlighted, a £1.5m contract was awarded to provide stewarding for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee river […]

  215. Toby Austin Locke

    Where did £1.5m for Jubilee stewarding go? | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/EzIU1Oxf via @libcon

  216. Max J. Joseph

    @KenzoShibata @exileinflyville Tried to blank out the whole day but: http://t.co/p9Xzoy7s http://t.co/uBe4n6MR Anti-J parties everywhere too





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