Nonsense of Job Seekers Travel Allowance to Interviews

Get this.

Apparently Job Seekers travelling to job interviews can claim travel-to-interview expenses provided they sign a bit of paper at the Job Centre BEFORE the interview. Very nice deal if you live next door to the Job Centre!

Now suppose you live in my neighbourhood, six and half miles from the Job Centre, or a 20 minute drive plus car parking fee away, plus walking time. Why would someone even bother, when they could simply just drive to the job interview and back in the same time?

And before you ask, no you can't do the claim online.

UPDATE: Following intervention by MP Andrew Selous, it was established that back-dated claims could be made, and this is now happening.