Work won’t set us free.
Jonathan Hume

In 1973 the unemployed had a UB40 a form to take to sign on — it said if you didn’t sign that day — come the next. It was a decent system that said — we accept people do forget to sign-on. Today the system is designed to catch people out. If you forgot to sign on you’d be sanctioned/lose money for ‘at least’ 4 weeks. Instead of using technology to help people — e.g. send them a text reminder or email the evening before to say don’t forget to sign on and bring evidence of your job search activities for 2 weeks — they are punished by it. Universal Jobmatch is a big brother system designed to track non-activity. Whereas a ‘friendly’ reminder system could help return the mental health of the unemployed to 1973.

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