Child poverty, eviction, special dietary needs going unmet, ill health, street homelessness, depression, suicide attempts, self-harming, relationships fracturing, utilities being disconnected, people with mental health conditions being sectioned, claimants forced to beg, go through bins or steal to survive – all of these things have been well documented as the consequences of benefit sanctions. And all of them are acceptable as punishment for missing a meeting with your fucking Work Programme provider the vile participants in tomorrow’s workfare conference believe.
Almost one million benefit sanctions are now handed out every year by Jobcentres and the welfare-to-work sector. Benefit sanctions are one of the main reasons so many families are queuing at foodbanks. Children are not just going hungry, but without toys, clothes, days out, Christmas or birthday presents, all because their parent’s have committed the crime of being unemployed. No-one is left out. Sick or disabled claimants, found unable to work at present, can still be sent on workfare or face being plunged into destitution by sanctions.
From the gushing tweets on the hashtag for tomorrow’s conference
#IntoWork2014, it is clear those involved in this vindictive regime are proud of what they do. They expect us to believe they are helping people, when all they are really doing is helping themselves to billions of pounds of tax payer’s money. Britain’s biggest benefit scam is based on the lie that unemployment is caused by unemployed people and that no-one ever manages to find a job without the shoddy help of thieves like A4e and G4S. The truth is that they just pick up huge job outcome payments on the back of normal churn in an employment market where real full employment is neither feasible nor desirable according to the think-tank who helped design these schemes. A think-tank funded, incidentally, by the welfare-to-work sector.
Whilst those whose lives they have demolished queue outside foodbanks, delegates at tomorrow’s conference will enjoy a slap up dinner at the plush Crown Plaza Hotel. Some tickets for tomorrow’s event cost an astonishing £450. There is no shortage of our money being squandered on this back-slapping celebration of bullying unemployed, sick or disabled people. If you only do one thing tomorrow, then make sure to let these parasites know what you think of the fucking disgrace that is the welfare-to-work industry.
Visit Boycott Workfare’s website for info on how to contact those involved in the conference and please spread the word. We may not be able to stop these scum – yet – but we can make sure that everybody knows exactly what these poverty profiteers are up to.
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