Work for your dole

Wendy Wilson made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

With the new system set to start from April 2014 (i.e. work for your JSA) it is stated that Job seekers will have to work for 30 hours a week.

As the National Minimum wage is currently £6.31 per hour -

And as JSA is currently £71.70 per week -

This means that to have to work for your dole of £71.70 per week at the rate of the National Minimum wage of £6.31 - this equates to 11.36 hours only.

Will the DWP please confirm why anyone should have to work for just over 18 and a half hours a week - for absolutely nothing?

If anyone does so they are a mug, because if they work 30 hours a week for £71.70 this means that they will be working for the equivalent of £2.30 an hour.

Would YOU millionaires do that?

No - then why should anyone else?

Yours faithfully,

Ms W Wilson

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