A DWP tweet from May 2016 has resurfaced which urges jobseekers to travel up to 90 minutes to get to work, prompting furious responses from Twitter users.
The tweet, which advises people to “look for for jobs up to a 90 minute commute away,” as “travelling further opens up more vacancies” includes a blog titled “Travel, for Fun and for Profit” which describes the fun of playing Candy Crush on a train – and was likely written by someone who has never experienced the horrors of a rush hour commute.
— DWP (@DWP) May 22, 2016
It came to light after Horrible Histories creator Greg Jenner quoted the tweet, saying “I commuted for three hours per day for six years. It cost me £3,000 per year and contributed to me having a mental breakdown. It’s not ideal, lads.”
I commuted for 3 hours per day for 6 years. It cost me £3000 per year and contributed to me having a mental breakdown. It’s not ideal, lads https://t.co/hj7RSs5zU4
— Greg Jenner (@greg_jenner) September 17, 2018
Twitter was not impressed by the suggestion, with users questioning if the account had in fact been hacked, among other things.
I had to commute 2 hours to work and it left me suicidal. But yeah, maybe 90 mins is the “sweet spot” when you’re depressed as hell but at least you’ve got a job.
— Rob Marland (@BaubleRob) September 17, 2018
Quote from the ONS study on commute time:
"In most cases, the worst effects of commuting on personal well-being are experienced during journeys lasting between 61 and 90 minutes"
But y'know we can all get over the impacts on our personal wellbeing with a spot of Candy Crush! pic.twitter.com/ZRuWvEloLu
— Nick Court ☁️ (@Scruffy_Nick) September 18, 2018
a toilet in that time… on my best day? If I worked 90 miles from where I slept?? Well… I’d be sleeping at some point during the ‘work’ time or, worse for me and potentially a lot of others, during the ‘travel’ time…
— Maria Agnes Quinn (@MariaAgnesQuinn) September 17, 2018
.So we go 90 minutes that way & they come 90 minutes this way ?🧐#howtowastemoney #howtocreatemoretraffic#howtogetonafulltrain esp Virgin ! #howtoNOTbenefitfromworking #howtouseidioticideasfromthedwp
D – disabled
W – weak ie the vulnerable
P – pensioners & poor
— Choccy (@Choc_Girl_) September 17, 2018
If you're on #UniversalCredit the DWP expect you to take a job within 90 minutes of where you live.
Excluding some points near edge of my radius because of transport issues, this is the area claimants in my area are expected to work.
One fifth of the entire United Kingdom. pic.twitter.com/AT2WArLq1D
— Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) September 17, 2018
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