#proudtowork – Yet Another Money Grabbing Scam From The Parasites – the void

Here’s an article that ticks many boxes. Johnny Void writes:

“The body established to lie on behalf of the fraud ridden welfare-to-work industry have launched a new campaign on the back of a report so breath-takingly dishonest it would make Iain Duncan Smith blush.

“According to the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the floundering Work Programme has been a huge success and is set to add £18 billion to the economy.  This is based on a report which ERSA commissioned from a consultancy company called Europe Economics who have mangled the figures in an attempt to hoodwink the DWP into giving Work Programme providers like A4e and G4S even more tax payer’s cash.”

You can read the rest of the article here – but we’ve been here before. Look at the issues mentioned:

1. The report claims that around 100,000 people have gained jobs over the last three years as a direct result of the Work Programme – but that claim is based on the number of job vacancies. What about the phenomenal rise in self-employment? What about the question of whether these people are actually self-employed or are merely claiming Working Tax Credits because it is easier than jumping through the hoops placed in front of them by Job Centre Plus?

2. The report ignores the Work Programme’s utter failure to find jobs for people in the Work-Related Activity group of Employment and Support Allowance. These ESA claimants are in danger of losing their benefit entitlement at the end of a year – whether their physical condition has improved or not – and should therefore be a priority but the Work Programme providers are continually ignoring them in a process known as ‘Cream and Park’ – they ‘cream’ off the people they can easily get into work and ‘park’ those – like people on ESA – whose cases are too much like hard work.

3. The assumption that the Work Programme will add £18 billion to the economy is based on a lie. The figure adds together the amount the government is expected to save in benefits and the claimant is expected to receive in extra money, along with “some magical money added on top which they pretend it will save businesses”, as Johnny colourfully puts it. The trouble is, as he points out: “It assumes that everyone who gets a job and keeps it on the Work Programme is a 17-year-old with 50 years of working life ahead of them.  17-year-olds aren’t even eligible for the Work Programme” [bolding mine].

4. At face value, the report shows that the Work Programme is only adding £140 million to the economy at the moment – but it costs at least three times as much, according to Johnny’s article. What does this mean? The Work Programme is costing the UK economy at least £280 million every year.

Some might call that a measure of success – in 2012 Vox Political branded it “a £527 million failure“.

But ask yourself this question:

Would that money not be better spent helping the poor, rather than supporting corporate parasites?

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  1. bookmanwales September 4, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Noen of the “back to work” schemes were ever designed to get people back to work. Their sole purpose was to shovel cash to private corporations and hoodwink the working population into thinking unemployment was so rampant this money was well spent.
    As a percentage of the population unemployment is no worse in Britain, and is indeed lower than a few EU countries.

    The only way to get people into work is to create jobs that pay enough to live on, something the Tories simply do not believe in. It is better to give one person £8 million in profit ( A4E Director) than to provide work for 400 people for a year on £20,000 pa.

    That’s right, one persons profit could have provided a whole years work for 400 people. Now who is ripping the welfare system off ????

    Multiply this by the hundreds of millions in profit made by these “Work providers” and you get the real picture on where all the cash is going. Add into the equation that these corporations use offshore banking and the truly horrifying scale of the rape of this country’s finances become clear.

    Unemployment the cause of the country’s ills ?? Unemployment is the least of this country’s problems. The problems start at the top and are far far in excess of any problem unemployment causes.

  2. bad putty tat (@BadPutty) September 4, 2014 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Would that money not be better spent helping the poor, rather than supporting corporate parasites?
    With respect Mike: It doesn’t need me to tell you that Tories hate the poor and sick.

    • Mike Sivier September 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      I wasn’t asking the Tories.

  3. Hugh Walter September 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I’ve just been handed to A4E by Basingrad Job Centre (plus!), I found a job, but would need help with a months B&B as it is miles away, the job would be well paid and enable me to rent after the first month…but – no potato.

    I – as an unemployed person – have seen my misery monetised (A4E will be looking for a profit from their dealings with me) by a government who would be better spending whatever they will give A4E (over the next 2+ years) on supporting my lead, that I found!

    The whole thing stinks.

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