The Express's disgusting hate campaign against the unemployed continued today with a story which has so many holes in it that not even the editor should have believed it. Read it carefully before continuing.
Do you see what I mean? This bloke has a job agency in Worcester. Now, the idea of these agencies is that they sign up people onto their books so that, when a company contacts them for personnel, they've got clients who they can contact and use, even at short notice. The agencies then get paid for supplying the labour. This chap, Danny James, hadn't done that. When he got an urgent order for 50 people to man a food packing line that same night, he went to the Jobcentre. (Would James have given the agency commission to JCP?) The Jobcentre, obviously, couldn't help. A spokesperson said, "The very short timescale given by the agency and the need for jobseekers to be available to work the night shift, that same day, meant that we were unable to help on this occasion." So Mr James had to fall back on doing what an agency is paid to do in the first place - phone his own contacts. He could only find ten. Now he's ranting on Facebook about people "scrounging from us taxpayers". And the Express has deliberately misrepresented people who were unwilling to do a single shift at a few hours' notice; people who would lose money by doing so, because the system penalises them for signing off, doing one shift and signing back on again.
But facts don't matter to the Express, or to its owner, Richard Desmond.