Why the Tories should know privatising Job Centres won’t work

Mike gives a succinct explanation why the government’s proposal to end job centres and privatising their work will be a car crash, based on the way their system of privatise enterprise job finding has worked so far. I have to say that I don’t think efficiency and providing quality service has anything to do with it. All that matters is that the state is now performing a service, which some firms believe they can make a profit from. Thus the Conservatives will privatise it, whether or not any improvement can realistically be expected. After all, we now have a worse railway service than when it was nationalised industry under British. Ditto water, gas and electricity. Nevertheless, Neolib ideology says these must remain in private hands, because Neolib ideology is always right about private industry, and if it isn’t kept private, the CBI will have a strop and parties may lose lucrative sponsorship. In the end, it’s all about greed and exploitation, not service.

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Parked on the dole: Closing Job Centres and handing responsibility for finding work to private companies would condemn thousands - if not hundreds of thousands - of people to a life on benefits (if they don't get sanctioned and starve). Parked on the dole: Closing Job Centres and handing responsibility for finding work to private companies would condemn thousands – if not hundreds of thousands – of people to a life on benefits (if they don’t get sanctioned and starve).

It’s incredible that allies of George Osborne are backing proposals to shut down all Job Centres and let private companies fill the void.

The proposal to let the private sector find work for Britain’s unemployed is actually being considered for inclusion in the Conservative Party’s election manifesto for 2015, according to the Huffington Post.

It quotes a ‘senior Tory’ who told The Sun: “Introducing competition into the job search market is a natural Conservative thing to do.”

This means Conservatives are naturally unimaginative, if not altogether stupid.

Have they already forgotten the lessons learnt from the way work programme provider companies treated jobseekers that were sent their way…

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