| RWAP | The broken Job Centre and the waste of welfare.

| RWAP | The broken Job Centre and the waste of welfare.

last year the UK government spent 240
billion pounds on welfare in comparison to 145 billion on health and a hundred
and two billion on education simply put the biggest proportion of your tax money
goes towards welfare and to a lot of people the face of welfare building
behind me the Jobcentre In 2009 after graduating from university into one of
the biggest recessions this country has ever seen
and spending nine months signing on the Jobcentre I got my first job at the Jobcentre I went from sitting on one side of the
signing desks is sitting on the other and my experiences there were negative
to say the least and more importantly it wasn’t just my experiences is the
experiences of the people who are coming in looking for help, support and guidance
and were receiving instead a depersonalized dehumanized service which
treated them as national insurance numbers and not as people who needed to
be helped. One of the huge problems with the Jobcentre and the DWP in general is
that it’s a hugely bureaucratic system they have fixed set of regulations that
local employees and offices have to follow and this doesn’t give them the
flexibility to make common-sense decisions or decisions based on the
local needs of the people they serve and this causes immense problems across the
board. One story that I heard recently that really shocked me came from when I
interviewed a recent Jobcentre employee he told me that he had a target to get
five people off the books each week and because that was practically impossible
to do what they would do it was picking jobseekers at random booking them fake
appointments pretending to send them letters and then when the job seeker
didn’t turn up to this appointment because they never received a letter they would
close their claim. That has a humongous personal human impact not only do they
lose that benefit for that period, they then have to sign up benefits all over
again, you could get someone who’s one of the most vulnerable people in society
facing up to three months with zero income because of arbitrary targets were
placed on people for zero social benefit. Last year the UK government spent 285
million pounds sanctioning people and only saved 132 million pounds in their
sanctioning costs therefore it cost us 152 million pounds to sanction people
and all of the studies around the world contrary to what the DWP says shows that
people who are sanctioned are less likely to find employment. We pay one hundred
fifty two million pounds per year as a country to sanction people for negative
social benefit. 30 percent of all media coverage is to do with benefit fraud
even though benefit fraud accounts for 0.8% of our total welfare spend. The way that the media portrays job seekers
and the stigma that surrounds it influences public opinion and that
public opinion influences policy the reason we waste 152 million pounds a
year on sanctions is because the public demand we punish these imaginary people
that don’t even exist. If we want to create a better Jobcentre for the future we
need to create better stories and narratives about the Jobcentre and the
people who use it. We need start talking about a positive social impact of the
Jobcentre and how we can work in the future to not only create a better Jobcentre for claimants and employees but also a Jobcentre that provides more
value for money one that is cheaper than the one we’re currently running now. So
no matter what side of the political spectrum you sit on whether you care
about jobseekers or not; keep in mind but if we reform the Jobcentre for the
better it’s going to save the public purse money. No matter where you are on
this issue reforming the Jobcentre in the future into a more positive helpful
environment is good for everybody.

3 thoughts on “| RWAP | The broken Job Centre and the waste of welfare.

  1. My friend the problem is people are having there rights eroded if you dont no what the rules are young people with little life skills draw in to contract with a 3rd party is not is no mandatory however the advisers claim it is even the 3rd party claim they are NCS government which is not true and i have proof of that such is taking place daily,

    I was asked to do things outside the rules and when checked out and challenged found they where in house rules taking offer policy which is a crime,

  2. I bet that 152m has increased too in 2017. Wasting money administering a sanctions heavy red tape system that in most instances results in those danctions being ovrrturned at appeal so we go full circle yet it costs 152m for the privilege.

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