Jobseeker’s Allowance and the ‘Work Commitment’ – Another Return from the Pre-War World

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I’ve got a feeling it was Major’s government back in the 1990s that had the bright idea of renaming Unemployment Benefit the ‘Jobseeker’s Allowance’, in order to placate the foaming Tory hordes convinced that the unemployed are all workshy scroungers. Instead of benefit being granted to the unemployed, simply for being unemployed, it is now an allowance given on the understanding that you are ‘sincerely seeking work’. The process has gone further under Cameron. When you sign on, you’re expected to sign a contract stating that you are doing so, and binding you to agree to the terms and restrictions imposed by the government. In infraction of these terms, no matter how small or imaginary, gets the ‘jobseeker’ thrown off benefit, either to beg from friends and relatives, go to food banks, or starve to death.

It’s another return to the wretched, dismal world before the welfare state. After the…

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