Work for welfare idea is nonsense
Published 02/09/2010 | 05:00
Hurrah! It seems that Eamon O Cuiv has finally discovered the long-sought-after panacea for unemployment: force people to work for their social welfare payment. In reality, what they are saying is: "Let's return to the days of the famine roads and cutting nettles, digging ditches, etc."
There has been a great deal of spin about 'fraud', 'upskilling' 'smart economies' and other nonsense from Mr O Cuiv and others, throughout the current recession and prior to the announcement of this scheme. This type of scheme has had an inglorious history.
When all the nonsense is stripped away, the aims (and the reality) of the proposed 'work for welfare' scheme will be as follows: participants in the proposed scheme will not be counted as actually unemployed (even though they will still be unemployed) thus making the unemployment statistics look better than they actually are -- this has always been the primary aim of this type of scheme.