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Senior Tories Urging IDS To Shut Down All JobCentres

July 21, 2014

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Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly being urged by senior Tories to shut down all Jobcentres and let private companies and charities to step in to help Britain’s unemployed back to work.

The proposal, backed by allies of chancellor George Osborne, is being considered for potential inclusion in the party’s election manifesto for 2015, in what would be a radical step for Britain’s system to help people into work.

One senior Tory figure told The Sun: “Introducing competition into the job search market is a natural Conservative thing to do. Tailoring help from experts for what people really need will work far better than the clumsy one-size-fits-all state solution.”

However, Duncan Smith is believed to be sceptical about the idea, with a source describing the proposal as “expensive and complicated”.

This comes as a report by David Cameron’s favourite think-tank Policy Exchange called for Jobcentres to be split up and forced to compete with charities and the private sector to help people into work.

Just over a third (36%) of Jobcentre users find sustained work because deep-rooted problems fail to be addressed, the report said, adding that they could be replaced with “Citizen Support” centres to better help jobseekers.

“The way public services are currently structured means that often a jobseeker ends up being passed from pillar to post,” said Guy Miscampbell, an economics and social policy research fellow at Policy Exchange.

“This is confusing for the individual, creates barriers to help them into work and is expensive.

“Services have improved enormously, but there is still a lot more to do. What is needed is a radical overhaul of the system which puts the needs of the jobseeker first.”

In response the Policy Exchange report, a spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said: “Every day up and down the country our Jobcentre advisers are working closely with local authorities and other organisations to help people off benefits and into work. We now have an employment rate which has never been higher and record numbers of people in work.

“The Work Programme – which is run by private providers who are paid by results – is helping more people than any previous employment programme and has already helped 300,000 into lasting work, and through Universal Credit we are redefining the contract between benefit claimants and the welfare state and helping to make work pay.”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. philipburdekin permalink
    July 21, 2014 11:56 am

    What the hell is wrong with these Tory BSTARDS are they not happy with the UK destruction they have already done or is it more of THIER own companies the shits are trying to get in.

  2. July 21, 2014 1:05 pm

    no! what there doing is letting charities run it and then when it comes crashing down,there not to blame,they will blame the charities.

  3. linda e permalink
    July 21, 2014 2:04 pm

    From of mine was taken on by B&M’S for 4 weeks with no pay at the end of the 4 weeks when his workfare was complete the manager told him I will let you know in a week or so if we can offer you a Job , When 10 days had passed he went in and asked if he was being taken on they told him sorry we don’t have anything to offer you at the moment , Four Days later the rang him and asked him would he like another 4 weeks unpaid work , He declined because he had just been taken on by Farm foods in a full time position , Surly if they could find him work for 8 weeks unpaid then they could offer him a job , Seems that while free Labour is flowing then many people are being done out of the chance of a proper Job .

  4. Barry permalink
    July 21, 2014 5:45 pm

    Wonder where the sour faced self serving people who man the job centres will find work.

  5. July 22, 2014 12:02 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

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