PsychoCrat welfare: info on mandatory DWP NLP, confidence tricks and #workfare schemes

[Important update about this site:]

Latest: Jobcentre/DWP: Online Supported Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Open future opportunity (19 March 2015)

BPS launches inquiry into “psycho-welfare” (16/1/15)

Belwo is a short list of newer DWP schemes using mandatory coercion, confidence tricks and often with forced unpaid work, aka #workfare.


After a request, below is a list of contracts for people aged 50+, with particular reference to the Mid Shires DWP contract Specification (V1.1), that says:

To challenge the perceptions that claimants may hold that Employers discriminate on the grounds of age and …”

Related 50+ resources: DWP’s ‘Fuller Working Lives‘ policy and private sector’s

Behavioural Science

Worth noting that ‘Behavioural Science‘ and ‘Mind Control‘ is also used with/on Jobcentre staff.

FOI request for Behavioural Insights Team (Nudge Unit).

Nudge Unit

Nudge Unit staff require an “understanding of the behavioural science literature” and “A Masters or PhD in a relevant subject area (including, but not limited to behavioural economics, psychology, design thinking, evaluation methods)”. Full job descriptions: Adviser [Senior & Principal] and Research Fellowship.

Boycott Workfare – Campaign to abolish forced labour
Community Psychology – building a movement of community psychology in the UK. Together we hope to empower, liberate and achieve improved well-being for all.
Hubbub –  an international team of scientists, humanists, artists, clinicians, public health experts, broadcasters and public engagement professionals.
Psychologists Against Austerity – Mobilising Psychologists & Psychological Knowledge for Social Justice
Whistle While You Work (For Nothing): Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy – The Case of Workfare

Acknowledgement: Idea for this page from tweets of Lynne Friedli and past discussions with Anita Bellows and George Berger on the Nudge Unit and so called Behavioural.Insights.