It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
reply to post by Lady_Tuatha
Not with the introduction of Universal credit they can't where all benefits are lumped together with a maximum payable of £500 per week (includes rent, council tax, child benefit, tax credit, JSA etc)
So fortunately that gravy train has been halted.
Bottom line is, if there is actual work for people who are jobless, picking up litter, doing community projects etc..then there's a bloody job right there!
If the jobless are forced to do this work, then they are not jobless as they are working...if they are working, they should be paid at least minimum wage.
If they don't get paid minimum wage, and still only get their benefits, it's slave labour.
And of course, it will be taking legit work away from someone else who would then have to go on one of these forced work placements for his or her benefits, instead of the reasonable wage they would have been earning.
Millions flooding in from albania and Romania at the end of the year won't do much for the few job vacancies that are available either.
DWP Reveals The Real Agenda Behind Universal Credit And Welfare Reform
Few have been cynical enough to suggest that Universal Credit will also make it easier for employers to casualise their existing workforce and make it easier to cut worker’s hours in times of ‘business troughs’. Yet just released DWP guidance for employers explaining Universal Credit suggests that this – along with increasing competition for jobs – is the real thinking behind the new benefit regime.
From the DWP’s own website (PDF):
How does it affect my business?
Universal Credit will have a positive effect on your business as you will:
■find it easier to fill any job as more jobseekers will be willing to consider short term or irregular work
■be able to identify opportunities for flexible working using your existing part time employees to meet business peaks and troughs, without the overheads associated with recruiting and training new staff
■have access to a wider pool of applicants for your jobs, many of whom are registered on our Universal Jobmatch service, to help you fill your job vacancies quicker
At least the DWP are telling the truth for once.
reply to post by destination now
And you think that getting at the minority of system abusers is worth throwing all long term unemployed into unpaid work? So , in summary, slavery is ok, because amongst all the genuine claimants, who make up the overwhelming majority of people on out of work benefits, there are a small number of bastards messing things up for everyone?
Your feet must ache after spending all day in those jackboots.