Reports from Today’s Guardian states that
“A tougher-than-expected squeeze on the unemployed is to be announced today as the jobless face the threat of losing all benefits for as long as three years if they refuse community work or the offer of a job, or fail to apply for a job if advised to do so.
In the most severe welfare sanctions ever imposed by a British government, unemployed people will lose benefits for three months if they fail to take up one of the options for the first time, six months if they refuse an offer twice, and three years if they refuse an offer three times.”
This reflects a victory for the Lib-Con government who have effectively shifted the blame from the current financial mess from the Bankers who caused it to the poor who are suffering from it.
Why are the main media so silent on this ? Why are they simply accepting the coalition argument and figures ? That is the implication that there are plenty of jobs out there and people are out of work because they choose to.
Where is the evidence that people who have been unemployed for long period for along time. Have been refusing job offers.
For the record, it is policy now that people who refuse an offer of a job have they benefit cut. Indeed if you do not attend a job interview which you jobcentre and you to you face sanctions.
The new part is of course community work that is unpaid (accept for benefits) work . In other words there will be very little difference between those who are undergoing a Community service orders are orders of court where:
· an offender is required to perform unpaid, useful work for the benefit of the community
· the court can order between 80 - 300 hours of community service which must be carried out at such times as directed by the supervising community service officer.
And someone sent to do similar work because they are long term unemployed perhaps they will be issued with different colour uniforms in order that they are not associated with those doing similar work because they broke the law. What ever happened they are likely to receive abuse from the public who don’t see any difference.
|What colour will the Unemployed wear?|
The whole Lib-Con policy is a sleight of hand to divert in action over the real culprits the Bankers who finance the main political parties and that is why Labour are making only mute objections to this for they to are in thrall to the City and proposed similar policies when were in power in order to mask they failure to provide real jobs in our more deprived areas.
The current Lib-Con policy of criminalising the unemployed will lead to some turning to actual crime and in some cases prostitution for as I remember a girl who turned to selling herself on the streets saying that,
“The humiliation was the same but at least the money was better”.
Why do we still allow people who have never experienced life on benefit, who will not have to worry about tuition fees for their children (they will simply sign a cheque) and who will spend more on a birthday party than some people receive in a year to dictate to us.