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Welfare To Work Boss Thinks Low Paid Jobs Stop Sick And Disabled Claimants Watching Jeremy Kyle

May 26, 2015

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The boss of Britain’s largest welfare to work provider believes that claimants are better off in low paid, insecure temporary work “rather than sat at home watching Jeremy Kyle” according to the Telegraph newspaper. He also argues that the government have to get the “people who are technically unfit to work, back to work” and believes that the appointment of Maximus to carry out medical assessments will lead to a surge in work for his company.

Andy Hogarth runs Staffline ,which bought out A4E last month in order to become Britain’s largest provider of welfare to work services. He believes that if the government is to succeed in its aim of cutting £12 billion from the benefits budget it will have to get people off employment and support allowance and back into work.

“For a government looking to save £12bn from welfare one of the things they have to do is get the people who are technically unfit to work, back to work, which sounds a bit brutal on the face of it, and that is exactly what a lot of welfare groups are saying, but in reality they can work.”

According to the Telegraph, Hogarth believes that his company will get an extra 2.5 million people referred to his company over the coming years as a result of Maximus taking over the work capability assessment from Atos.

Hogarth appears to believe he is particularly suited to working with the sick and disabled claimants because of his own life experiences. When he was in his thirties, Hogarth sold a successful business for an undisclosed sum of money and then spent a year at home with “deep depression”, finding it difficult to leave the house and splitting up with his girlfriend.

He overcame his depression by going back to studying and retraining in his mid thirties.

According to the Telegraph Staffline has grown rapidly, with turnover increasing from £100 million ten years ago, to £503 million last year and aiming to hit £1bn within two years.

Much of its income comes from placing “up to 35,000 workers each week in temporary jobs, such as food processing, factory assembly lines, and picking items in warehouses.”

Hogarth believes that jobcentres only work “if you are a well motivated guy”. And while some local authorities don’t approve of his company putting people in minimum wage temporary jobs, Hogarth thinks they are mistaken, explaining:

“I personally think they are totally wrong, I think a temporary job, even if it is just for a week, is better because it then gives you a step to better pay, rather than sat at home watching Jeremy Kyle.”

Hogarth expects to have to deal with “kicking and screaming” from claimants and from pressure groups and admits that “It is hard to justify to welfare groups the profits we make . . .” . But he claims that only 20p in every pound they make is paid as dividends to shareholders.

Rather than simply being there to make money, Hogarth assures Telegraph readers his staff “are genuinely here to help people”. And, in a gesture that would delight Norman Tebbit, they generously “buy a lot of bikes so that people can get to work”.

In separate news ERSA, the umbrella body for welfare to work providers, says that the “backdrop of continued austerity and welfare reform” looks like offering their members a great opportunity. The leases on many Jobcentre plus offices come up for renewal in this parliament and ERSA hope that the government will take the opportunity to privatise the whole jobcentre network and its services.

Which would, of course, mean many more Andy Hogarth’s having the opportunity to drag claimants “kicking and screaming” into a better life.

See the Telegraph for the full story.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2015 3:15 pm

    Fed up with all the crap !!

  2. May 26, 2015 4:20 pm

    Patronising Tory – J K, indeed. And what is ” technically unfit”? I have a friend who can only move her head, & can do nothing for herself – is she ” technically unfit”?. He just makes an idiot of himself when he says “Rather than simply being there to make money, Hogarth assures Telegraph readers his staff “are genuinely here to help people”.” Utter rubbish. I can just see his piggy eyes gleaming as he counts his money – while watching Jeremy Kyle!

  3. Nienna permalink
    May 26, 2015 6:34 pm

    Disgustingly out of touch with reality.

  4. May 26, 2015 7:36 pm

    Well we now know the little weezle and his wareabouts. Time to digg up the dirt on him and his company’s accounts and look under the right stone where the other slime festers.
    Believe me know your enemies and use the same tactics ie publicity as thay do.
    Remember the Atoss kills website? It worked that well that it was houned out of existence. But this time use the web to better effective by concealing its hoisting site. Use fire to fight fire and keep on plugging away at media in all of its forms. Make videos, websites, blogs. Phone into national and local radio stations. Have passive demonstration and invite the press and TV. Make a short documentary and offer it to the new local accsess TV station’s ie Made TV. Make friends with your local media students, they love to have a “cause” to film for a media project, it gets them more marks at the end of year evaluations if it has a humanity twist to the tale.
    But the best advise is never give up. Because if you do they will claim victory over the sick, lame and lazy (their words not mine)

    Tommaz Jay.
    If they want to fight dirty we can do the same but this time we have right on our side

    • May 27, 2015 1:31 pm

      ATOS still do PIP assessments so not exactly out of business, they used a long list of excuses to terminate the contract early, with the clincher been death threats against employees. :They still get £10 million a year to provide the software,LIMA, to Maximus, they transferred the employees working on ESA to Maximus. They claim the staff they have are fully trained yet my PIP assessment the HP claimed they knew nothing about my main condition and had never heard of it, so fully trained my A55! Approved they may be? But in what, it is my opinion whoever holds the contract is only approved in denying people the benefits they deserve.

  5. May 27, 2015 7:55 am

    The government must feel shame in this opinion yes their is always an element of people who are capable of work and are technically fit.The flip side is when they go to a job centre to look for help in improving the situation in their lives,their is nothing but ridicule and vague answers to questions.
    You can not tar people in this situation with a brush and say every body is dossing watching daytime T V if you always make it difficult by sanctioning over minor issues how can you inspire people to make a positive step in their lives.

  6. MARK TAHA permalink
    May 27, 2015 2:48 pm

    To be fair-just about anything’s better than watching Jeremy Kyle.Which I don’t!

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