In the context of the common ground seemingly reached by all sides in the political spectrum, Mr Symonds believes that the first party to pick up Professor Snower's idea and run with it will win the high ground in the unemployment debate. Crucial to Mr Symonds' support is that the scheme will not cost the taxpayer any more than is already spent in benefit support on the unemployed. However, he fails to address the very real possibility that employers might sack their unsubsidised employees in favour of those with subsidies as a highly efficient means of cutting their labour costs.
It may be that Professor Snower has already thought of a safeguard against this, but without one the scheme stands to expand the social security budget that much further, while potentially leaving the total number of jobs within the economy unchanged.
13 JulyReuse content