Put the unemployed to work

For those people who claim unemployment benefit make them work for the benefit up to a minimum of 14 hours per week. The work would be primarily in the voluntary sector with registered charities who stamp their card and in return they get the benefit.

This work experience would help people grow their CV's and learn skills whilst looking for work. It would also recognise the voluntary work that many do allready  - eg. marshalling at motorsport events; beach buddies etc.

The community would benefit from their work to and help maintain the IOM as a good place to live.

Why the contribution is important

By keeping people engaged in work type activitities you help them maintaing their identity, keep their self esteem and maintain confidence and build skills. Therefore their employability is increased and you reduce their time on the unemployment register and therefore the costs to the taxpayer


by Manneen on April 18, 2017 at 05:22PM

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  • Posted by OldSailor April 18, 2017 at 17:46

    I am in favour of incentivising people to work/be economically active. Disincentives such as TAXES (e.g. NI, income tax) should be avoided, as should SUBSIDIES since those create inefficiencies and dependencies on taxpayer funds. Forcing the unemployed to work for less than market rate, or incentivising employers to take the otherwise unemployed on through use of subsidies will harm the prospects and earnings of other people competing in the market for those jobs.
  • Posted by Manneen April 19, 2017 at 09:46

    You miss the point the work is in the voluntary sector - no payment the benefit is the payment
  • Posted by paulg April 19, 2017 at 10:07

    For many years (I'm not sure if this is still the case) the Channel Islands had no unemployment. People had the choice:

    1. If they had no job and needed an income they were given a job (usually benefitting the community)
    2. If they had no job and didn't need additional income they were removed from the unemployment register and received no state benefit.
  • Posted by Benagglagh May 01, 2017 at 23:26

    Been done before (Winter work schemes). Why was this discontinued?
  • Posted by ninjadispenser May 06, 2017 at 19:08

    It used to be that the job centre sent you to employers for interviewe.g. In shops and they signed a slip saying why they didn't take you on.if it was a more suitable person was there too,then you didn't lose benefit,but I have heard people my Mother saw at her shop say "didn't want the job,but had to come" and she would send this back to the job centre earning them a warning.Cant we accept that some people are lazy beggars who think they are entitled to money for nothing? It has all become so politIcally correct,it makes my blood boil!
    Sick to death of everyone being described as 'vulnerable' when it's the truly vulnerable who are ignored or stripped of benefits because they don't have a loud enough voice to be heard over the whining Minnie's wanting more and more.
    The first place Government looks for 'savings' is with elderly and disabled people and I have seen this first hand on the Island with a family member,and more than once I can assure you.
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