Fake Self-Employment in the Work Programme
Should welfare to work advisers really be telling the long-term unemployed to become self-employed? What's going on and is the taxpayer being ripped off?
Why would welfare to work advisers tell the long-term unemployed to become self-employed? Adrian Goldberg hears from a range of jobless people who've been told to turn their hobbies into businesses and top-up their incomes with Working Tax Credit - even when they'll not earn a living. But, while Work Programme providers hit their targets, and the unemployment figures fall, is the taxpayer simply being ripped off?