If proof was needed that the benefits system is staffed by ignorant, lazy, spiteful, nasty and stupid people who deserve to instantly lose their jobs, here it is.
I was speaking to a young twenty one year old youth I know yesterday and asked him how his search for a new job was going. He lives in Ruthin, a tiny market town in North Wales about thirty five miles South of Merseyside. Unemployment there is high; there are virtually no jobs available.
This youngster lives with his very ill mother and helps to look after her and so he needs a local job. Meanwhile he qualifies for unemployment benefit while he searches for a new job and he was receiving it and it was all he had to keep body and soul together while searching for work.
But, it was suddenly stopped, leaving him with absolutely no money to live on. His mother is too ill to work and relies on benefits to survive so she has no spare money to help her adult son survive.
It was stopped by a nasty, sadistic and spiteful unemployment benefits office official. Why ?
Because this unpleasant and nasty person demanded that the youth attend an interview at the unemployment office thirty miles from his home town at 8.45 a.m. in the morning. The youth had no means of traveling to it. There was no bus or other public transport available in that remote rural North Wales countryside and spending £25 on a taxi was out of the question. It would have taken six or seven hours to walk, setting off at about 1.a.m. at night.
So this mean minded and corrupt unemployment benefits official said that as attending the unemployment office first thing in the morning was a condition of receiving unemployment benefit and the boy had failed to turn up at 8.45 a.m., his benefit was being stopped and he would be unable to re-apply for it for several months.
So now this youth is being forced to seriously consider crime in a desperate bid simply to stop starving. There is no real alternative because there is nobody he can turn to to beg money from.
I feel pretty certain that this mindlessly stupid unemployment benefits officer is simply abusing the rules. He is making them up just to be spiteful because that gives him a sense of power which helps him overcome his sense of being a completely inadequate, useless human being clearly unfit to do the job in the unemployment benefit office he was employed by the government to do.
I am certain this idiot has no legal right to stop this youth’s unemployment benefit, and I am equally certain this youth is legally entitled to it, but has been told by the benefits office there is nothing he can do about it.