Saturday, December 15, 2012


Nice title eh?

This is the lovely language used under the UK's new Universal Credit scheme:

"Mandatory Work Activity

"17. Mandatory Work Activity will be part of the toolkit that Jobcentre Plus advisers will have available to them. Where advisers believe a jobseeker will benefit from experiencing the habits and routines of working life, they will have the power to refer the recipient to Mandatory Work Activity. The placement will be for up to four weeks and aimed at helping the recipient develop the labour-market discipline associated with full-time employment such as attending on time and regularly, carrying out specific tasks and working under supervision.

"18. Requiring a small group of recipients to engage in full-time activity will give them the opportunity to demonstrate their compliance with the Jobseeker’s regime. If a recipient fails without good cause to attend or complete the placement, then we will impose a significant financial sanction. This could be, for example, withholding Jobseeker’s Allowance for at least three months."

Universal Credit - Welfare That Works, Chapter 3 - Conditions and Sanctions, p29

And you thought it was too late for Nineteen Eighty-Four.


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