"Yet to come will be abundant evidence of serial DWP policy errors. Just wait for the implications to sink in of absurdities such as this. Helping the long-term unemployed into work is every government's goal, with Iain Duncan Smith spending a fortune on his failing Work Programme. Three things help bridge the gap between dole and work: a £100 job grant tides people over until payday, paying for the bus to work, avoiding Wonga loans. A one-month run-on for housing benefit stops people falling into rent arrears when waiting for their first pay cheque. A £250 grant pays the upfront deposit for a childcare place, without which single parents can't take an offered job. The cost is negligible, yet these sensible bridges into work are being abolished. How wise will voters think that?"
This is shocking. Previous governments recognised that when you signed off your benefits stopped immediately, but you might well not get paid for a month. You were unlikely to have anything to tide you over, so the grants were sensible. The only alternative was a loan, and these days that means Wonga or loan sharks. But this government hasn't a clue, and would rather shovel the money at the WP companies. Brilliant.
There's another "Comment is Free" article worth reading: Frank Field on "How Labour can reclaim welfare".