This idiotic and pathetic government are driving people into poverty, nothing new there.
But a new tactic the DWP have imposed is stricter control over the JSA claimant.
Basically and in short, the DWP can restrict payments if you do not apply for or attend work based activities. In addition if you leave a job voluntarily or be sacked from a job for misconduct, you will have your money stopped for up to 3 years, depending how many times you offended. But, what if you’re sacked from an unscrupulous employee who marks it as gross misconduct etc.
I agree with some of the policy, in regards to people getting JSA but not seeking work, they should be stopped.
The thing I disagree with is the whole JSA agreement. I have (personally) been FORCED into signing an agreement that could/would cause issues at home etc. They have said, as I rely on public transport, they have told me I can travel for up to 90 minutes. This is forcing me to look too far a field, as they think point A to point B is within 90 minutes, but don’t take into consideration the length of the journey, routes the bus takes etc. But if I refuse to look for a job they consider is within 90 minutes or I don’t apply for what they tell me about, they can stop my money. They have even told me that I even have to consider (their word for forced) jobs that finish at 10pm. So worse case scenario, I finish at 10pm, have to travel 90mins so that’s 11.30pm, but considering my bus services’ last bus is 10.30pm, I would be stranded, unable to get home. I couldn’t even ask my wife to pick me up in the car, because we have 2 children that would be in bed.
After all this, these arseholes have had the audacity to say if I am unsuccessful in the work I’m looking for, I will be found work in a factory, and that’s basically tough shit.
So in short, the DWP are forcing people to take jobs they maybe no good at, or have no experience in, that may destroy your family life by stupid and unrealistic travel arrangements and destroy any dreams or aspirations you have of getting the job you want, just so they can ultimately say “unemployment down”.
Personally, I want a job, I don’t like living on benefits. I’ve worked most of my adult life and through no fault of my own I’ve been left without work, and feel degraded because I’m treated like those scroungers that get dole money to get pissed or stoned!
Absolutely disgraceful this country and what its become.
England is turning to shit, thanks to the powers that be…