BenCooper wrote:When I was on the dole, I was still doing voluntary work while also looking for a job.
Doorstop wrote:I've said this elsewhere but it warrants saying again ... we need to take a leaf from the Frenchmans' citizen handbook.
aland wrote:typical tories
Doorstop wrote:30 views and not a single response.
What was that I was saying about apathy in the UK?
The Egg Man wrote:
The idea of compelling people to perform menial tasks in return for substantially less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a disgrace and, in a time of high (and getting higher) unemployment can be seen as being designed to put low paid local authority workers and others in the firing line. Why pay street sweepers NMW when the buroo will supply them at no cost? Even if the temporary employer has to pay the benefit money it's still a good deal for them. Why stick to menial tasks/ There's a plentiful supply of fully trained and qualified teachers out there who can't find full time work. Why, the Tories might argue, should they not be working in schools in return for their benefit? You could extend the plan to anyone with any skill or trade who could be slotted into what would otherwise be a properly paid job.
What does surprise me is how seldom anyone has pointed out that the large sums (up to £400 per week in some instances) being quoted as being claimed by people on housing benefit aren't actually income to the claimants - they pass the money they receive onto their landlords, many of whom will probably be Tory voters.
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