Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Willot has 'grave concerns' about welfare reform

. From Politics Home...

"Ms Willott said she had “grave concerns” about new government proposals to make people work in return for unemployment benefits.

“The issue with working for the dole is it leads to employers thinking people can’t do anything other than the very basic jobs they will have been doing,” she said.

She added: “It has to be sustainable jobs, it has to be skills that are going to help them get work rather than using them as cheap labour”.

“If it just undermines their chances of getting a sustainable job, that’s no good for any of us,” she said."

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Iv been on sick for 20 years i been sick from the age off 14 BEFRE working age YOUR all sheep the only think the keep me away from you is the in do not have to go uot and look at SHEEP if my benifit is stoped i am going to have to live wild ( THIS I DON'T MIND AT ALL BUT I WILL HAVE TO EAT

Letters From A Tory said...

There are no simple answers, but 'something for nothing' is unsustainable for the government in the long run, bar some serious disabilities.

The benefits of work go well beyond getting a paycheque.

asquith said...

"The benefits of work go well beyond getting a paycheque."

Which is why voluntary work is a good, as I said.

People should not be in any sense coerced into it or paid for it. This would, amongst other evil consequences, be bad for the voluntary organisations.

But those who can do something useful should be allowed/encouraged to do so as they are unlikely to find paid jobs for some time to come.

Darrell already knows these are my views, I'm just saying it in case LFAT comes back :)

asquith said...

Someone who volunteered & received JSA would get half of the benefits of work & would be in a better position to get a job than someone who had been on some mindless "course" or sitting around.

The problem is that many lack basic skills, & they would presumably need some urgent remedial education. But those who are up to scratch should be free to deploy themselves in whatever useful occupation they can get, paid or unpaid, without some DWP fuckwit harassing them in a futile, expensive way.

Darrell G said...

Letters is right that there are no simple answers and that something for nothing is unsustainable but in cases where there is a geunuine impediment to work then there is little alternative...

Also single mothers are playing a valuable role by raising their child well beyond the age of one...

Moving onto Asquith's point....you know I agree...in fact, I now have a two-day internship (in an MP's office) while still being on JSA which could of course, provide valuable skills if nothing else...

As may or may not be known I am in favour of a return by our party to supporting a policy of a Citizens Basic Income....

asquith said...

Quite so. Do the DWP accept that you do this & regard it as a positive "job search", or are they trying to cause problems for you?

Which MP is it? :)

Darrell G said...

Asquith,

They are classing it as voluntary work but were quite helpful and positive to be honest but that has been my experience of the local job centre on an individual level.

One of ours; Greg Mullholland, Leeds NW :)

asquith said...

Some job centres are good. But:

1. the state sets idiotic rules

2. on the occasions when rules are sensible, they are often only as good as the people enforcing them.

:)

Darrell G said...

Asquith;

I quite agree...the thing is the focus of welfare reform is too often to get people off the stats sheet no matter what the cost. A proper strategy would look at encouraging people into productive and rewarding for them roles...roles which they will of course make a go of..

asquith said...

Yes, did you read this in a very similar vein?

http://tinyurl.com/5mlfzu

:)

Darrell G said...

Asquith,

No I didnt but I did now...it is a good piece...:)

asquith said...

Yes, he is an excellent blogger. ;)