Saturday 9 February 2013
Let's just think about what was going on in Doncaster. It would be quite normal, in a group session dealing with, say, interviews, to talk about the need to be scrubbed up and well turned out. It could well be that one or two people in such a group have obvious problems with personal hygiene. It should then be up to the adviser to talk to those individuals privately. Maybe they are homeless. Maybe they have mental health issues. But the idea that you need to teach a "class" on washing and using toilet paper is extraordinary. I'd love to know the reactions of the vast majority of the class.
But then there's the issue of Olliff-Cooper actually tweeting this. What did he think he was doing? It's a vile insult to unemployed people forced onto the Work Programme with A4e. It says to potential employers that there's no point in even looking at these primitive savages. And that can't do much to help A4e's profits. This from the man who is A4e's director of policy and strategy!