Further austerity and welfare reforms might be seen as an opportunity says the chief spokesperson for the welfare-to-work sector Kirsty McHugh.
McHugh is Chief Executive of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the trade body established to lie on behalf of grasping welfare-to-work parasites like G4S and Maximus. In a blog post published after the election McHugh warns that some in her sector may view further austerity with trepidation, but points out that others may see it as an opportunity.
The reason for this optimism is because many of the leases for Jobcentre Plus offices are up for renewal over the next five years. This could mean, according to McHugh, the possibility of out-sourcing Jobcentre services.
This is the long term ambition of the welfare-to-work sector, to take over Jobcentres completely. Already ERSA have accused the current benefit sanctioning policy of being ‘bonkers’ and lobbied for Work Programme companies to be given a role in deciding whether to stop someone’s benefits.
This slow power grab has been ongoing for over a decade. The DWP spends billions on salaries and admin costs and ERSA would like to see those billions going towards the companies they represent. Of course this will mean tens of thousands of Jobcentre workers becoming unemployed (stop laughing). But it will also mean the removal of any last lingering traces of humanity in the social security system as unemployed, sick and disabled people are transformed into nothing more than human commodities to be bought, sold and destroyed for profit.
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