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G4S are employing Cognitive Behavioural Therapists to deliver “get to work therapy”

July 4, 2016

Politics and Insights



Last April, more than 400 psychologists, counsellors and academics signed an open letter condemning the profoundly disturbing psychological implications of the government’s austerity and welfare reform measures. The group of professionals said that over the past five years the types of issues causing clients distress had shifted dramatically and now include increasing inequality, outright poverty and benefits claimants being subjected  a “new, intimidatory kind of disciplinary regime”.

The signatories of the letter, published in The Guardian, express concern over chancellor George Osborne’s plans, laid out in the latest budget, to embed psychological therapy in a coercive back-to-work agenda. Osborne said the government will aim to give online CBT to 40,000 recipients of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, people on the Fit for Work programme, as well as putting therapists in more than 350 job centres.

The letter stated that the government’s proposed policy of linking social security…

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  1. July 4, 2016 5:35 pm

    Fantastic,better than being mentally ill and in trouble with the police,but some people love getting pissed up and and taking class a _drugs and being serial criminal s those are the ones who are too psychopath to help,chemical straitjacket!

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