Posted by Old Boy
It is the first time that people seeking jobseekers payments will have to undergo such a process.
Previously it was a matter of supplying basic personal details such as name, age and PPS number to get a payment.
Under the “social contract”, they will have to co-operate with social welfare staff to develop a “Personal Progression Plan” to help them secure training or employment.
They will also have to attend all scheduled meetings and provide all the requested information about their job history and education level.
The new system for helping unemployed people is designed to improve the training and job opportunities available to them. Rather than being left to drift into long term unemployment, they will be expected under their contract to engage with social welfare staff to improve their chances of getting a job.
It is due to be rolled out in all social welfare offices by 2014.
Maybe this is just another way to message the figures .
It also raises the question of how legal is a one sided contract?