Tag Archives: DWP

Daily Headline – 30/04/13

Unemployed forced to complete ridiculous questionnaire

UK jobseekers are being made to complete a nonsense survey or risk losing their benefits. The questionnaire was formulated by the Tory government’s ‘behavioural insights’ unit (sounds like another quango).

The Guardian states:

Some of the 48 statements on the DWP test include: “I never go out of my way to visit museums,” and: “I have not created anything of beauty in the last year.” People are asked to grade their answers from “very much like me” to “very much unlike me”.

While some will go down the de-humanising of the unemployed route (which is very valid) with this pointless crap what I want to know is, in a period of so called austerity, how much money did the government waste on both this survey and on the behavioural insights unit?

The government continue to to attack the poor, making them jump through ever more hoops just so that they can continue to have a roof over their heads and food on the table which the measly £71 a week jobseekers allowance (JSA) rarely suffices.

Workers and unemployed workers unite! We are the majority, ditch the government!

Daily Headline – 13/02/13

UK; Forced labour scheme ‘unlawful’

British DWP flagThe right-wing coalition’s ‘work-for-your-benefits’ scheme has been deemed unlawful and a breach of human rights by judges following a court case brought about by an unemployed graduate forced to work for free at Poundand.

Mandatory Work Activity Scheme (MWAS)

MWAS came into effect in June 2011 which meant that anyone wanting to claim unemployment benefits must work up to 30 hours a week for a month for free.

It is expected that following the court case the government with civil servants will try to patch up the scheme in an effort to make it legal. Anything to keep free, forced labour going.

The right-wing loves slavery!