The Courier headline “150 are told ‘Out you go’” (March 15) shows despite hopes to the contrary, more ordinary people are losing their work. My suspicion is there will be more important staff involved than highly paid people as has usually been the case in the past.
In addition to the safe jobs, undertaking and psychiatry, we can now Job Centre Plus staff. This group of people cannot get people into work and I have it on good authority (unemployed people) their brief is to get people off benefits. If so, this is a disgrace.
Through the columns of Yoursay I have made the suggestion that the Government should organise work for people, abolish benefits and pay proper Union rate wages for work done, and abolish Job Centre Plus and convert them into Work Depots. A win-win situation instead of the present lose-lose situation which we now have.
A Times columnist recently said in relationship to the Government’s idea of stacking supermarket shelves in return for benefits is fundamentally flawed. The Times article notes there is nothing like spending a week working for your boss and at the end of the week on Friday being given a brown paper envelope containing money for work done. My idea is, therefore, not new but is noted by people who have more power than I.
I support the idea of a ‘Big Society’ if genuine and not a scam for getting things done on the cheap. So basic is the necessity of exchanging benefits for wages that I wrote a letter to Ian Duncan Smith, because I wish the Government all success in helping Britain become great again, but to date I have not received a reply. When I worked for the local authority, if I received a letter, I acknowledged receipt as a matter of courtesy if I couldn’t give an immediate reply.
To be charitable to Mr Smith MP, I guess my letter has got lost in the post (it must be difficult for a hapless postman to find the House of Commons!). To be uncharitable, he might be spending too much time in publicly subsidised House of Common’s bars!
To return to the serious problem of unemployed people, a problem of world wide import, the relationship between work and reward need to be regained as a matter of urgency.