A couple of publications from the DWP might prove interesting reading for those who are unemployed.
The first is entitled "Jobseeker's Allowance Back to Work Schemes" and tells you how Jobcentre Plus "will help you find work". It doesn't get off to a good start, since there's a grammatical clanger in the second paragraph, but then, in seven sections, it tells you what to expect. I won't go through all of it, but the section on the Work Programme might cause some amusement to those of my readers who have experience of it. Then we come to a section entitled "Explaining benefit sanctions". Read it carefully, after reading the WP section, and it's clear that the DWP is perfectly happy that someone can be made destitute on the whim of an "adviser".
The second document is a final evaluation of what they're calling "The Jobcentre Plus Offer". (The use of buzz words like "Offer" is supposed to make it sound more like the private sector.) Half of it is about how the "Offer" is perceived by claimants. It's upbeat about the finding that "Most claimants gave a positive assessment of the support on offer by Jobcentre Plus". But then it says that "most" is actually three fifths, or 60%, which means that 40% were not happy. But hey ....
Iain Duncan Smith is appearing in front of the Work and Pensions Select Committee on Wednesday (unless he manages to postpone it again). Let's hope that the members of the committee ask the right questions.