The question I’ve seen asked most is who pays for these daily trips to Job Centres which might be miles away from claimants’ homes? Fair enough, especially as they are no more than punishment for being unemployed long-term but there are, though, rather more serious questions that need to be addressed.
For example, Job Centres currently have their “clients” distributed over the whole of the week (or whatever time-period they work to). So how do they cope when all of their long-term claimants are expected to turn up every day thanks to IDS’s latest lunatic scheme?
Can the staff actually manage such numbers? They would, I suspect, be in serious trouble if things got even moderately out of hand, and while I’m aware that JC staff have a very poor rep, most, like the rest of us, are just trying to get by.
Would the numbers breach fire regs? Buildings have a maximum number of people that they may safely and legally accommodate – does this apply to office buildings? In the normal course of events claimants would be in and out relatively quickly, and there wouldn’t be a problem – now they are liable to be stuck there for hours. Possibly most of the day if they’re unlucky or, as I suspect, this idiot plan crashes and burns (hopefully metaphorically).
And if not metaphorically, how long before the first riot when people get severely pissed off with waiting for hours to be seen, with multiple claimants turning up for every time slot? Or when the JC computers go down under the load?
Does anyone at the DWP actually have any interest in any of these questions, and the many others that need to be addressed – like who pays for travel? Because IDS sure as hell doesn’t. He just dreams up these half-arsed schemes and moves on to the next, leaving chaos for everybody in his wake.