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No sense in jobcentre shift

Issue No. 2360

Jobcentre workers have spoken out against the Tories’ new attacks on claimants.

George Osborne wants those out of work to have weekly job centre interviews instead of fortnightly.

Yet the Tories have shut down job centres and sacked workers in those that remain.

“We haven’t got the staff to deal with the people looking for work now,” said one job centre worker in Thames Valley.

“It’s bullying unemployed people and part of the demonisation of people not in work. 

“People coming in more often won’t mean we get to spend more time with them.

“It will just mean, ‘Sign this, sign this, goodbye’.”

The worker added that the move could actually make it harder for people to find work.

“We’ll have less time to help them find a job,” they explained.

“In rural areas in particular, people have to travel far to get to the jobcentre.

“It takes up time and it’s also expensive.”

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Tue 2 Jul 2013, 17:43 BST
Issue No. 2360
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