So, more misery heaped upon us in the Chancellor’s Spending Review today. Such nuggets of joy as making us wait another seven days before allowing us to claim Jobseekers’ Allowance in the event of losing our jobs. JSA claims already take about two weeks to be processed. So that’s three weeks with no money, not seven days. Of course, everyone has a bit of money put away for a rainy day though right, so that won’t be a problem at all, not even for the large numbers of people in insecure minimum wage jobs who scrape by from one payday to the next as it is. Being unemployed is also much too much fun just now, so half of all the unemployed are to be made to sign on at the Jobcentre once a week instead of once a fortnight. Only the undeserving half though, you know, the lazy feckless ones. That’s right, half of all the unemployed are just not trying hard enough and must be punished. In other REALLY SENSIBLE news, single parents are now to be expected to actively prepare for work once their youngest child turns three. Because we have widely available affordable flexible childcare once they’re three, don’t we? There’s lots of jobs that fit into 9-11.30am weekdays term-time only, aren’t there? We don’t need to get anything done while they’re at nursery anyway, what with us having really great support networks and loads of free time. So single parents will now have to ‘regularly attend’ the Jobcentre. At the same time as massively increasing the Jobcentre staff’s workload the DWP is to have its resource funding cut by 9.5% and there are to be 144,000 job losses across the public sector as a whole. You couldn’t make this shit up. Unless your pals stood to gain from ordinary people’s desperation. I suppose if your mates ran payday loan companies or foodbank organisations or might want the prison population increased so they could profit from free forced labour it might make perfect sense.
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