But Iain Duncan Smith did. He probably thought it was a fucking documentary. And so his latest Supervised Jobsearch pilots have wrapped up all the cringe-making aspects of past back to work schemes and rolled them up into one Pauline inspired fuck up – although USB sticks, not pens will be the latest obsession for job club staff.Supervised Jobsearch was Iain Duncan Smith’s big idea at last year’s Tory Party conference. It then seemed to have been largely forgotten about until someone at the DWP panicked and realised they’d have to cobble some shit together in time for this year’s conference. As usual this involved throwing money at the grasping welfare-to-work sector who have been brought in to manage the scheme which will see unemployed people warehoused for 35 hours a week pointlessly pretending to apply for the same handful of jobs over and over again.
There is little doubt that this scheme is intended as punishment for unemployment, rather than any kind of genuine help for unemployed people. According to recently published guidlines for the companies running the scheme (h/t @refuted) they will receive no additional payments for actually finding people work. In fact getting people jobs is barely mentioned once. Instead they will be paid 10% of the contract value when the participant starts, a further 5% per month for the next six months and the final 60% when the period of incarceration ends. 5% of the value of the contact will only be paid if the providers can show they have administerd what are known as DMA’s correctly, meaning referrals to the Jobcentre for benefit sanctions. There seems to be no mention anywhere of job outcome payments. Benefit sanctions are the true purpose of Iain Duncan Smith’s latest crazy scheme.
The welfare-to-work sector – who have run a long campaign complaining that they are expected to get people jobs for the money we give them – will be pissing themselves. All they now have to do is shut people in a room with a computer for 35 hours a week, make sure all the paperwork is correctly filled out and Iain Duncan Smith will shower them with tax payer’s money. This is possibly their biggest benefit scam so far. But you won’t see that on the front page of the Daily Mail.
The provider guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supervised-jobsearch-pilot-dwp-provider-guidance
Of note is Annex L which states that “claimants cannot be mandated to apply for vacancies which include a zero-hours contract”.
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