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Re: Your Tweet about WorkFare

Date: Saturday, November 10th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Spongers with kids is a very difficult one. Again I agree that children shouldn't suffer for their parent, but commenting further could lead to a very tense discussion I think! :-)

The "fair wage" would be the financial support that they get until they find a "proper" job, surely? Otherwise the implication is that there is a paying job available that they could do, in which case they shouldn't really be expecting social support anyway - they should take the job!

Re: Your Tweet about WorkFare

Date: Saturday, November 10th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Absolutely - if we are talking about work at a for-profit organisation.

I was thinking more along the lines of part-time work as a "friend" to visit old/infirm people for company and a bit of dusting, or the old chestnut of picking up litter in the park for a couple of hours.

The latter could be argued as a job that the coucil could/should create a role for, but ultimately it's the same thing: council workers get paid by the local council, local council gets paid by us, so either way the person doing a few hours work for the council is still being paid by us whether they get their money through JSA or direct from the council.

This is only a stop-gap while they look for a "proper" job that suits their skills and ambitions.

Re: Your Tweet about WorkFare

Date: Saturday, November 10th, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I think there is a distinct difference.

Community Service as a punishment (or atonement if you prefer) that is handed down by a court is unpaid.

I would have thought that doing paid community work to help you through until you find your next job would be far less stigmatized than just picking up your dole money and sitting at home all day. Surely that's where the misguided belief that all out of work people are "spongers" stems from.

I do understand your caution, and it's something that would need very careful design and implementation, but done properly I feel there would be benefits for everyone.

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