A small piece found in the April 3rd-16th edition of Private Eye
“The time that a jobseeker is expected to travel from his home to his place of employment has increased from one hour to one and a half hours each way.”
So boasts the government of one of its recent crackdowns on the work-shy under minister for employment and welfare reform, Tony McNulty. Anyone who turns down a position on the grounds that this is to far to commute will instantly lose their £60.50 Jobseekers Allowance.
The journey from Westminster to Mr McNulty’s “constituency home” in Harrow takes around 45 minutes by tube. This is, however, sufficient for him to have been able to claim around £60,000 in “additional costs allowance” for the house, let his parents live there, and reside nine miles away in Hammersmith instead.