Following on from earlier news that the DWP is offering free advertising space to Sarah Vine – wife of Education Secretary Michael Gove – and her fashion and beauty website, it now seems that local Jobcentres are attempting to set themselves up as stylists.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Jobcentre have been handing out fashion tips on twitter telling claimants what they should wear at job interviews. Unemployed men, living on just a few pounds a day, are advised to wear fitted wool suits, a classic wrist watch, high quality silk ties and dress shoes. As the Jobcentre insists: “It is always important to invest in a good pair of dress shoes”.
Meanwhile women are instructed to wear a medium heel and if they must wear trousers then they should ensure that they are hemmed and do not drag on the floor. A sensible skirt appears to be preferable to these wannabe Gok Wans, along with a tailored blouse, a fitted suit and good quality knitwear. More Prada than Primark darlings seems to be the message from the DWP.
The ludicrous advice comes as part of the department’s attempt to establish a credible presence on social media and which has already seen them become a laughing stock. An online chat hosted on their facebook page today merely resulted in scores of people criticising the dreadful Government jobsearch website Universal Jobmatch. Meanwhile their hashtag, #job2014 has been bombarded with tweets condemning the vile regime that unemployed people currently face in Jobcentres.
The fun doesn’t stop there. On Friday the Jobcentre managed account @SouthLondonJobs will be preaching the value of workfare which is sure to go down a storm on social media. Why not join in and let the Government know what you think of their attempt to force young people to work without pay.
As previously mentioned, be careful if you use your real name on social media, this is the DWP after all. Also don’t say things which could land you in court.