Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
It's always been the government's mantra, 'To Make Work Pay". I remember seeing that sign, every time, I attended the job centre. It kind of reminded me of the mantra, 'Arbeit Macht Frei or 'Work Makes You Free'. Obviously, the Auschwitz mantra and the government's job centre mantra were entirely different things. But both of the mantras are brainwashing false reassurances, or they were to me, at least.
During the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, unemployment rose exponentially. Chancellor Rishi 'Wishy Washy' Sunak came up with the 'Kickstart; scheme. Allegedly, to help 16-24-year-olds get a job and stay at work.
However, the National Audit Office, or NAO, has warned the government has had "limited success" as to whether the job creation scheme, will deliver job success for the 16-24-year-old age group.
The question is, will kickstart, create the quality jobs that support and keep young people off benefits? £ 2 billion was invested into this jobs programme and obviously, this government will want to see a return, for their money.
The government says, 100,000 jobs have been created, by the scheme. But one has to wonder, would those jobs have been created or existed anyway, without the scheme?
The DWP has been critical of the kickstart scheme saying the government is being over-ambitious, in its estimate, of the success of the scheme.
The government had initially wanted 250,000 young people to take up, the scheme. The reality on the ground though, is that the government has been rather ambitious in hoping 250,000 youngsters would go on the scheme. The amount of young people who have taken up the scheme is 2,000 precisely.
The DWP described the government target as "unrealistic". The DWP said that they have scaled back the estimate of young people who may take up the scheme by March 2021. Instead of 250,000, they have now set a target of 168,000 young people, and perhaps, this is more realistic.
In the jobs market as a whole, it seems various sectors in the jobs market, are crying out for employees. Yet, many of these vacancies, are not being filled. The question has to be asked, why?
Possibly because many got used to being at home and paid furlough. Perhaps, whilst being furloughed, they have had time to think about the job they do. Perhaps, realizing, they could do more with their life, either moving on to a better job and better pay. Perhaps, wanting to do that thing, they always wanted to do in their lives, time and money allowing, of course. Realizing, there is more to life than money and materialism and maybe they have found God.
There is certainly a shortage of workers because many of these vacancies were occupied by EU workers. Now many have gone home, EU workers are not coming as much, as they were. Others have moved onto better-paid jobs and stayed in the UK. Certainly, during Brexit and after we left, people like Farage, created a poisonous atmosphere against foreigners and in particular, EU workers.
So what with the underperformance of the kickstart scheme and vacancies in general, not being filled, the UK is in a bit of a pickle. Ideas like Universal Basic Income have been suggested as an alternative to the current style of earning an income. However, right now, the government seem to be stuck in a 1950s mentality when it comes to working and so, therefore, have not taken up the idea. Nor are they likely to do so, we will have to wait and see what future governments will do. And, it is more than likely, that future administration, will not be a Conservative one.