In a past life I spent a lot of time ranting and writing about the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). In short they’re bloody awful, as is the culture of demonisation and persecution which surrounds the whole welfare. Iain Duncan Smith is a vindictive liar and sociopath who is actively destroying lives, aided and abetted by Liam Byrne – Labour’s very own Tory. The DWP’s private contractors are disability-deniers and slavery-enablers. Life as an unemployed person is mere a existence soul-destroying, impoverished and full of despair. Near enough every day I offer gratitude that I am no longer subject to that hell, no longer at the mercy of those judgemental jobsworths down the jobcentre.
Now you’re up to speed I offer news of the latest fun still awaiting my unfortunate fellow human beings stuck on the dole.
1) First up, in a move that might cause even a Scientology recruiter to say “Hang on, this doesn’t sound very empirical…”, the DWP is compelling jobseekers to take pseudoscientific “personality tests“. Why they can’t just piss around on Facebook and take a quiz to find out which member of One Direction they are is beyond me.
Apparently the DWP have run out of arguably-legitimate hoops to make desperate people jump through in exchange for subsistence income. Now they’ve moved on to outright bulls***. The test outcomes have no meaningful relationship to responses, as determined by Steve Walker of Skwarkbox blog. Its just psychological manipulation and bullying, what after all the DWP does best.
Like many things, the Daily Mash gets the point across best.
2) Proving that it isn’t just their attitudes towards social problems that are stuck in the 19th Century, the DWP’s new online system for disabled people to complete claims for disability living allowance (DLA) only works with outdated web browsers and computer operating systems.
From the DWP’s site:
The service does not work properly with Macs or other Unix-based systems even though you may be able to input information.
You are likely to have problems if you use Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 and 10, Windows Vista or a smartphone. Clearing temporary internet files may help but you may wish to claim in another way.
There is also a high risk that if you use browsers not listed below, including Chrome, Safari or Firefox, the service will not display all the questions you need to answer. This is likely to prevent you from successfully completing or submitting the form. You may wish to claim in another way.
All I can really add at this point is “Thank F*** I got out”.