Gideon wants the long-term unemployed to go on Workfare indefinitely, does he?
Forgive me if I’m mistaken, but doesn’t this mean the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s big announcement – at this year’s Conservative Party Conference – is a tawdry plan to massage the unemployment figures?
I’m indebted to The Void blog for the following information, which I recalled while reading reports of Osborne’s drone to the swivel-eyed masses. An article from May stated that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had been forced to admit a rise in unemployment was down to a fall in the number of people on Workfare.
“According to the Department, the number of people in work fell by over 47,000 over the last three months – which they say ‘reflects’ amongst other things a drop of 16,000 in the numbers on Government employment schemes,” the article states. As far as I know, this…
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The independent reports that “A mandatory intensive regime for claimants with underlying problems such as mental health, drug addiction or illiteracy”
Can we start moving against this? How the hell will low paid, low qualified job centre staff willing to collaborate with the nastiness demonstrated by IDS Osborne and others deal with mental health and addiction issues with sensitivity? What right, qualification, or remit do the DWP and Treasury have to override GPs, Health Service and specialist charities expertise. The current WCA /ESA scheme is already making people more ill. How the hell will being bullied by unqualified staff help someone be cured? Coming days after Cameron and Pickles deeply insensitive comments what is next public shaming of ESA claimants with mental health of addiction issues?