Johnson Scheme to Cut Joblessness by Limiting Time on Benefit Utter Failure

Here’s another article from the Groaniad revealing the failure of another Tory policy. In this case, it was the Prime Minister’s ‘flagship’ Way to Work scheme. This sought to encourage the unemployed to find work by ending jobseekers’ allowance after four weeks, unless they started looking for work outside their normal line. The article. ‘Boris Johnson’s flagship jobs scheme was a failure, new figures reveal’, by James Tapper, begins

‘Boris Johnson’s flagship jobs scheme appears to have failed, despite his claim that it helped half a million people into work.

The Way to Work scheme set a target to support 500,000 people into employment by cutting jobseekers’ benefits after four weeks unless they applied for work outside their normal occupation.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics released last week show that the number of unemployed people finding work actually fell by 148,000 compared with the six months before Way to Work began, despite record numbers of job vacancies.

The government is also facing questions about why it set a target of 500,000 when, on average, nearly 1 million unemployed people have found work during similar periods each year since 2001.

On 28 July, the official statistics watchdog challenged the Department for Work and Pensions on why it had not explained how its target was set or measured, a month after the government’s triumphant claims.

Ed Humpherson, director general of the Office for Statistics Regulation, wrote: “There is no clear explanation of how the Way to Work target was defined, how it would be measured, and the methods used to support claims … that the target has been reached.

“It is difficult to attribute and quantify publicly the impact of a campaign like Way to Work in the absence of a clearly defined and published target, and details about how the target will be measured and reported, at the start.’

For more information, go to: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/boris-johnson-s-flagship-jobs-scheme-was-a-failure-new-figures-reveal/ar-AA10SvzG?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=2d1fefce6f644195b785eb5932dc78b5

This scheme looks like it was based on the guff I heard when I started work, that’s there’s plenty of work around if you only look for it. It was the attitude of the clerks in the Benefits Agency when I was signing on there several years ago. They did not like me looking for work in my own line, that is, as an archaeologist and academic. In fact one young woman asked me exasperatedly why I didn’t go for something like a cleaning job before looking for more suitable work. In fact I understood at the time that you were allowed a few weeks to look for suitable work before they started insisting you try for anything at all. She and her colleagues hadn’t told me, but when I brought it up she didn’t deny it. She just said that it wouldn’t have been for as long as I thought. This tells you all you need to know about what used to be the Benefits Agency: they’re not interested in helping people find suitable jobs, just in getting you off their books. Perhaps the girl was frustrated at not getting a gold star and freebies as whistleblowers revealed clerks were being rewarded with for throwing people off benefits. I can think of a couple of reasons why I shouldn’t immediately have gone for a cleaning job: it puts somebody much more suited for the work out of a job. And that’s even if I got it, as having postgraduate degrees would almost certainly make me overqualified. Quite apart from the fact that I wanted to get a job as an archaeologist as quickly as possible.

They were also very annoyed by me not following Iain Duncan Smith’s pet scheme to get people to post their job searches online or something similar, so they’d be in public record. I resented this intrusion on my privacy, so simply brought in hard copies of the various jobs I’d applied for. Perhaps they got a gold star and prezzies for all the poor souls they forced into IDS’ wretched scheme.

As for limiting the time people can spend on jobseekers’ allowance, this seems to be another idea imported from America. Like the Welfare to Work scam Blair set up as part of his New Deal. As I understand it, in America unemployment benefit is only given for a few weeks while they expect you to find a job. Or it was thirty years ago. Perhaps it has changed since or varies from state to state.

Whatever the reason or rationale given for it, Johnson’s scheme has been an utter failure, as so many other Tory schemes are, all the way back to Thatcher’s privatisations. Well, in a few weeks’ time we’ll be saying goodbye to him.

Too bad we won’t be saying it to his foul party.

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3 Responses to “Johnson Scheme to Cut Joblessness by Limiting Time on Benefit Utter Failure”

  1. trev Says:

    The Jobcentre are referring older, long term unemployed people who are still on old-style ‘legacy’ JSA to the Work and Health Programme aka “Better Working Futures” in the hope of either getting them into work, any work, or Sanctioned or hounded to a early grave. As a result of this I have been informed by Jobcentre that my JSA claim will end sometime between now and the end of next year. The Programme in my region is run by an employment agency called Reed. They now have me down as being available for any number of hours over any type of shift for any job vacancy within a 20 mile radius, regardless of me owning no vehicle and being over 60 with health issues. As a result I have an interview on Thursday several miles away on the outskirts of Leeds for a job in a Argos warehouse working evenings, weekends and nights, and it’s probably going to be about a 2 hour journey from my house. But if I refuse I could be Sanctioned by the DWP. Talking of which, they have apparently denied the recent cost-of-living crisis payments to those who are currently Sanctioned, but I’ve heard nothing said by the Opposition about it and very little in the media.

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/cost-of-living/dwp-sanctioned-universal-credit-payments-24765421

  2. Mark Pattie Says:

    No doubt, if Liz “fake patriot” Truss gets in, she’ll push us further into abject poverty, to the extent that Britain will probably be the poorest country in Europe (worse than Romania, I suspect). As for the tax cuts, Sunak- in a rare display of sincerity? (maybe his conscience has caught up w/ him) has said that her tax cuts will not benefit those least well off.

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