So the Policy Exchange are at it again; they think "that the government should withdraw benefits from part time and temporary workers who are not doing all they can to find a higher paid or full time job" and they claim "the public’s attitude towards welfare has toughened over the past few years. A poll for Policy Exchange found that 21% of the public thought that claimants should lose all of their benefits regardless of the hardship it would cause if they failed to comply with their jobseekers agreement."
Lovely. Can't think why people's attitudes (even just 21% of them) might have changed; perhaps because of the spurious bullshit that seeps out of the press, the radio and the TV, endorsed by these odious fuckers, on a daily basis.
The point they want to make is that they believe people working part time and claiming what will become Universal Credit (IE people claiming tax credits or some form of top up from the state) will be forced to look for more hours, up to 40, in order to carry on claiming. The fact they are actually working - doing something - isn't enough. That counts for fuck all.
I will never understand the mentality of the right wing at all. This is entirely self defeating and just more populist crowd pleasing politics. It completely ignores, not least of all, that there are people who will need the part time workers they will have to give up. It ignores that there aren't the full times jobs available (hence all the part time work). Of course it also ignores issues such as the need for flexible work, such as caring or childcare responsibilities. But IDS and his Policy Exchange pals don't care. It even suggest that, once a month at least, the claimant should meet with their adviser, even at weekends or in the evening (just when you want to be shepherded by the DWP of course) to facilitate this process.
According to their website the "Policy Exchange is an independent, non-partisan educational charity seeking free market and localist solutions to public policy questions." My spellchecker is not fond of the word 'localist'.
I'd love to know who they help, other than right wing interests, as a charity.
Meanwhile the Work Programme continues to struggle, something the Policy Exchange ignore of course. Round and round the circus goes.