DESPERATE Martin Hadfield wanted just one thing – a job. Any job. In just 12 weeks, the 20-year-old, from Greenock, applied for around 40 – without success. And eventually he was left so demoralised he took his own life, an inquest heard.
Despite being unemployed for months, proud Martin refused to accept state handouts.
His family claim he was being undercut on wages by younger and less experienced candidates and most of his job applications failed to get even a courteous response.
They say the qualified gardener felt "put down with no self-worth". And just 24 hours after yet another session with job centre staff, Martin was found dead at his flat.
There is plenty of evidence that job seekers are abused and demoralised at job centres: For example:
Former Jobcentre Plus adviser tells of a "brutal and bullying" culture of "setting claimants up to fail " Last week Iain Duncan Smith met a whistle-blower who has worked for his Department for Work and Pensions - DWP for more than 20 years. Giving the Secretary of State a dossier of evidence, the former Jobcentre Plus adviser told him of a "brutal and bullying" culture of "setting claimants up to fail"."The pressure to sanction claimants was constant," he said. "It led to people being stitched-up on a daily basis.
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