This week the Government introduced their welfare changes to Parliament, and they’ll have their first reading next week.
They include of course the requirement for mothers of 1-year-olds on the DPB to look for work – as if they haven’t got enough work at home. While it’s nothing new for National not to value the raising of future taxpayers because the work is unpaid, this is a whole new level of attack on women and children.
But there are other changes in the bill too, including the provision for private providers of “welfare to work”. This is where the private sector gets paid for each person they get off welfare.
Sounds good, until you hear that means that as a beneficiary your police, welfare and other private government records are all shared with private companies.
And how’s it working out overseas? The UK has been trying this for a couple of years now…
The main provider A4e is now facing serious corruption allegations.
A report has found ‘systemic fraud’. Apparently it’s a lot easier to fill out a form saying someone has got a job than to actually get them one – especially in the midst of this economic climate.
Specific incidents include:
The report concluded that “potential fraudulent or irregular activity is not confined to one particular geographical area… and shows a potential systematic failure to mitigate the risk towards this behaviour at both an office and regional level”.
The head of the company, Emma Harrison1, has already stepped down as earlier reports of fraud surfaced, and there have been other controversies previously as the company’s assessing people for work had got ill people unfairly kicked off benefits.
Does this sound like something we want to replicate here?
1 Another friend of “call me Dave” Cameron’s, like Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson – just lucky he doesn’t get judged by the company he keeps…