DWP offers intensive support for any dog failing to find a bone after 2 years

The title above refers to this press release today from the DWP:

Work Programme leavers targeted by specialist advisers as part of a tough approach to get them into a job.

A more honest title would end with “… a tough approach to get them off Jobseeker’s Allowance”, as getting someone a job seems to come a distant second to those at the DWP.

Anyway, the press release is about what action will be taken once the private sector Work Programme provider has failed to find work for someone (or bullied them into being chucked off JSA) after 2 years (!!!). Apparently, those poor souls are going to be “targeted by a hit squad of specialist advisors”, which doesn’t sound too pleasant, but also begs the question of what the hell the Work Programme provider has being doing for the previous two years.

It all comes down to the same idiotic idea that the unemployed don’t have work because of personal deficiencies rather than a systemic lack of jobs, and if only the right attitude can be instilled into the individual, then a job will instantly appear. The problem with this is that it’s a fairy story. At the moment, there’s about half a million vacancies, but 2.5 million unemployed, another 2.5 million classed as inactive but want a job, and 1.4 million who are underemployed. If we send out 100 dogs to find 10 bones, most are going to come back without one, and no matter how much ‘intensive support’ we give give those dogs, unless we increase the number of bones, the same amount will come back without one next time (although maybe not the same dogs).

So rather than wasting £30m on this intensive support package (or the £5bn on the Work Programme for that matter), why not just create some jobs? What, more public sector non-jobs I hear you say? When there is spare capacity, a non-job is always better than no job at all, but with a bit of imagination we could think of much more productive things for people to do. This should be a statement of the bleeding obvious, but apparently it’s still quite a minority view. Politicians seem to much prefer to compete to see who can sound the toughest, rather than who can actually solve problems which doesn’t inspire hopes of a quick recovery any time soon.

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3 thoughts on “DWP offers intensive support for any dog failing to find a bone after 2 years

  1. Reblogged this on Natasha's Memory Garden and commented:
    Unemployment is not only an American problem. What do we expect when asking for help in finding a job? The Department of Labor & Workforce Development offers a list of seminars for resume writing and interview tips. The jobseeker can also access the Department’s website showing hundreds of local job opportunities that the applicant can apply for and then never receive a call for an interview. After receiving benefits for about one year, the job seeker is cut off from all unemployment benefits. It is believed that the warning letter from Unemployment about the termination of benefits will force the unemployed person to magically find a job. If it were only that easy.

  2. This government is poor all these rich bastards can do is bully poor vunerable people off benefits and make people go hungry and homeless.the future looks bad enough for a lot of people and these bully’s are making things even more bleak

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