The next “Big Idea” from the Government is to give those seeking a job a proper kicking when they are already down.
The principle seems to be that if you don’t do exactly what the government want you to do, then they will make you do unpaid work and reduce your income. Now don’t get me wrong, this is nothing new, it has been happening for years, but in the Justice System. If a crime is “Serious Enough” then you would receive a Community Service Sentence, which includes unpaid work. So the Government is now wanting to criminalize those who can’t get work, because it is their fault, and not down to the fact that there are not enough jobs. They are using their favoured tactic of the Daily Mail headliners and making us all believe that everybody on Job seekers is out to milk the system, which then leads to everyone saying “Yes, because Bobs friend Bill, knows someone who is a lay about!” .
And where are these roles going to come from, oh that’s right, all the public sector jobs that are being cut as “unnecessary” which includes litter picking, Public fence painting etc. So they make the workers redundant, then effectively criminalize them and make them do the job for free, while cutting their income too. Oh and expect them to find a new job, because this is to “help” them.
But the measures are not unfairly picking on the poorer sections of are society, because the Lib Dems say so!
- Archbishop of Canterbury warns of forced jobs ‘despair’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Claiming benefits (bbc.co.uk)