Pushing poor people into bad work: how British jobcentres operate | John Harris

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The labour market has come to depend on a punitive credo in a benefits system that fails the people it is supposed to help As the government responds to the looming economic crisis, its approach seems to embody two polar opposites. The money it is spending to revive the economy is, we are told, not just unprecedented, but indicative of a huge change in Tory thinking, which shoves Conservatism away from the tenets of Thatcherism and everything that followed it. Chancellor Rishi Sunak tells us this is an administration “unencumbered by dogma ”, Boris Johnsoncites Franklin Roosevelt , and shocked Daily Telegraph columnists warn of a return to “Labour’s paternalistic corporatism ”. But viewed from another angle, it looks like the government is basically spending vast amounts of cash shoring up an economic model that is now on to its second meltdown in just over a decade. Covid-19 has magnified a social crisis centred on low pay and insecure work, an enduring housing crisis and inequalit

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