Responsible programming from Channel 4 in times of high unemployment and zero economic growth. Kick the unemployed further.http://www.channel4.com/programmes/disp ... /episode-3
Turns out that it did not demonise benefits claimants. It's a critique on the incompetence of JobCentrePlus.
Which you wouldn't gauge given the tabloidistic show title. The examples of benefit avoiding are pretty far removed from reality. Whenever I have attended, a member of staff has checked to see I have meet the basic criteria (3 jobs per week). You simply could not get away with writing your shopping list. The forms are so stringent. You have to detail the steps you took to find work (online, newspapers, local shops), it's not enough to simply write the company name, location and job description any more. If there is a reference number you have to write it down.
If you've been on benefits long enough to see a personal advisor, the jobs they find you are checked during your interview against the computer system once your advisor has seen evidence on your form. Only then will they deem that part a success before they launch a new job search. There was no mention on limits of time staff can spend with clients, the weeks of docked benefits for minor things, job centre staff losing jobs.
It's harder and harder to simply fake your job search when claiming benefits and filling out your job search forms. Their evidence is irrelevant since it focused on one job centre. There was no evidence they saw him come into the centre with the van directly outside. We are told to accept this happened.
Regarding work experience, one I had I found myself and the job centre got in touch with the newspaper and sorted out the details. My current volunteering was deemed fine since it was in the non-profit sector.
I do agree that the Job Centre is incompetent and demeaning. It's not about getting people into work. It's about getting the numbers down.