Force claimants to work for benefits, government urged
The BBC reports today.
A US-style “work for the dole” scheme could save £3.5bn a year in welfare costs, a campaign group has said.
The Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) said only the “extreme sanction” of stopping claimants who refused to do 30 hours’ activity a week from receiving benefits would force them to find work.
In the absence of such a reform, the government’s flagship universal credit would have “limited effect”, it added.
But opponents of the idea have labelled it “unrealistic” and “demeaning”.
The TPA, which campaigns for lower taxes, said individuals claiming the new universal credit should have their payments automatically suspended if they declined to take part in prescribed activities.
Comment: Leaving aside everything else this is guff.
The scheme would cost an enormous amount, in overseers and the type of chancers prepared to run the scheme, to begin with,
Already a failure
For most claimants, that would mean 30 hours a week of community service, charity work, approved training, work experience or “meaningful” job hunting with officials.
Comment: ‘Community Service’ – exactly the same as those sentenced by the Courts as a punishment.
As said, the cash needed to fund those supervising forced labour, “training” and the rest, would be very great.
What would it ‘save’ – only those further punished by having benefits withdrawn. The rest would be engaged in work which would only make a profit for those assigned to the gang-masters running the show.
Unless, of course, the Tax Payers Alliance means that unpaid labour should replace public, salaried, employees.
Parents of those under four-year-olds, those caring for someone with a severe disability, and pensioners would be exempt.
Those claiming incapacity benefit or employment support allowance would be expected to take part in “activity that they are physically able to do”.
TPA chief executive Matthew Sinclair said: “The government is improving the incentive to work, but they need to go further and remove the option of sitting at home and claiming benefits entirely.
“Taxpayers rightly expect something back for the enormous amount they pay for out-of-work benefits, at the very least a real commitment to find a job as soon as possible.”
What exactly would they ‘get back’? A horde of resentful bonded labourers either engaged in ‘make work’ schemes, or replacing paid jobs – which would make the dole queue grow!
Mad Frankie Returns.
Former Labour welfare minister Frank Field – who proposed a similar idea in 2009 – urged his party to “seriously look again” at the idea.
“The next Labour government must ensure that claimants are not simply left drawing benefit rather than having an offer of work,” he said.
Few doubt that all governments have ‘looked seriously’ at the idea.
Ian Duncan Smith and his friends were initially overjoyed at plans to solve the servant problem.
James Purnell (Labour – just about – at one time) would like us to sweat as well.
But they all have peered, pored and the perspired over Workfare and found the idea a vast waste of money and unworkable.
Already a Failure.
But one group which campaigns against forcing those looking for a job to work for free said the idea had been tried and had not worked.
“These schemes are already in place and that’s why we can say they’re already a failure,” Joanna Long from Boycott Workfare told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“Study after study comes out from the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) showing that these schemes have zero effect on helping people find work.”
Reply to Tax Payers Alliance Boycott Workfare: Workfare is Already Here.