My rant over. :D
I'm sorry but if you want to find a job you will.
There are plenty of jobs out there to take on, I've done all kinds of rubbish jobs that I hated, but the fact you are paid is enough for me. Just because you have a job doesn't mean you can't be looking for something better or a college course in the evenings. I'm sorry but being on benefits for 3 years is just lazy. There IS work, check your local agencies and job centres and you will see there is work for unqualified people but again the excuses of "I don't like it" is not good enough. You don't like the job but you are willing to sit on your arse moaning about not having a job. What a load of rubbish.
These people need a kick up the arse for them to realise life isn't all roses and not everything is given to them for free. (I know there are cases which are valid, but these two are obviously cheating the system because they have doused themselves in excuses)
It's not what you say it's what you do.
in terms of number of school leavers receiving A-G's or how many go on to do media degree at some ex-poly......but it's not the govts. fault that people leave without qualifications ??
Do you work for the labour party ?
Where's all the money gone over the last 10 years.....i thought it was entirely about not allowing people to fail.
If i were to lose my job i know i would find it hard to get another job and it wouldnt be for lack of trying. If i were a betting man i would say ive done worse jobs than 99% of people on this board. A jobs a job, it earns you money. But on the flip side i do know people who "wouldnt dare do that job" so im not saying everyone is teh same as me...
Id be in a far better situation then they are as i have a car (another massive point people forget because they take it for granted. Remember these pit villages are in the middle of nowhere so you will be very limited to where you can actually work).
//Ive just looked at your profile. Can i ask, have you always lived in and around london, because london and the north of england are very very different places.
Perhaps, but that isn't the root of the problem. Working in a low end, unskilled job is not the solution.
You might. I might.Quote:
Originally Posted by apoth0r
I think you'd actually need to live where these people do to make a decision about that.
Couldn't agree more. That's not to say that there aren't (and I'm sure this thread will attract plenty of anacedotal evidence) people that pull themselves out of poverty with hard work but you can't take such a simplistic view of such a complicated problem.Quote:
Originally Posted by j17sparky
Having lived in a deprived area and worked in very poorly paid and low skilled jobs I know that it isn't something that you just 'pull your socks up' and fix. There's a reason that the term 'benefit trap' is used - people become trapped by a system that is geared towards unemployment.
For the record I have never claimed any benefits or received financial support (other than my own credit card!) It is possible but I consider myself reasonably intelligent.
I feel sorry for some of these people. Some.
I think you underestimate the amount of people who have found themselves in that position. But look where we are now?
A little effort and a little determination to actually wanting a job and doing something about it.
Here I am working steady for the past 3 years, before....... lazy, couldn't be bothered. I repeat I never signed on, but have I paid for those couple of years not bothering, yes i've just about paid of the debts.
Oh wait... is it because I got two D's at A-Level that i'm suddenly more employable or is it more the fact I have a clue about the world isn't an easy place and yes you do have to get off your arse.
I can't get a job or lose my freebies!??!!?
What a joke, pay for things like everyone else and if you want the 'high-life' deal with the debt that brings and learn from it.
The longest I was out of work for was 2 weeks and I was pulling my hair out with Boredom.
I was soooooo desperate to get back to work I took a job in a kitchen. I then went to college - [ 2 buses and two trains ] for 2 years and got some qualifications - [ which are worthless now as they have nothing to do with my job ] - I also during this time went to night school and got my 'O' level Maths.
This was during MASSIVE unemployment. My Dad pushed me and if it was not for him I don't think I would have got as far as I have today. I have lost count how many jobs I have had since leaving school, but I ALWAYS had something no matter how s*** it was knowing one day I would get something better. And my Dad always made sure I had a job and made me understand how important a job was in life.
I feel sorry for the people in the story as they clearly want a better life but don't yet understand they actually have to work for it.
They are just Lazy, still if they want to p*** away their benifit money on Ciggies, mobile phones, jewellery & going out to cafe's then it's no wonder they can't find a job.
If I sound a little stern and harsh in my posts today it's coz i'm having a bit of a relapse. Apologies!
And whats bad about working in a kitchen? My current job is the only job ive had which is better than working in a kitchen. Im sure the 2 people in question would jump at the chance of working in as good a job as that!
It's funny I can see both sides of the argument here. On the one hand half my family are in the same position as these two here. I was dragged up on the worlds biggest council estate (Dagenham) and to be honest you feel so far down life peeking order you wonder if it's even worth crawling out of bed most morning.
Seeing friends and family (including my parents) continuously find themselves in this situation gave me the will to go out and stay employed no matter what. It's alot about self believe and self worth. I don't want to be in that situation again, so I won't.
It's very tough getting good honest paid work if you have no skills, no experience and no qualifications.
I've only been unemployed once, and that was for about two weeks. It tried to sign on only to be told I did not qualify. The social 'helped' out at £30 a week! I was forced into temping - factory work. If you've ever worked in a factory you'll understand why people will avoid it if at all possible. The worst job I've ever done.
The I worked in a petrol station. I couldn't believe the stress level involved for such a low paid no future job! It was only getting off my arse and going to university that got me where I am today. And I couldn't have done that with out the support of my (then unemployed) parents.
I can see, once you've convinced them to give you money, why you wouldn't take up a factory or no future retail job. You've either got to retrain or get in with a large retail chain, and you've got to be willing to get out there and make it happen.
I have worked 18hr shifts in the freezing cold up to minus 20 at 16 years of age because I had to support myself as no one else would, retrained got an apprenticeship at nearly eighteen in the textile industry but still had to get on a bus travel 20 miles just to walk up and down the industrial sites in Hull asking for jobs at the receptions.
Have moved about the country on more occasions than enough chasing work sometimes sleeping rough as I had no money but you keep going.
Some employers were too busy to see you some would invite you in for tea and a chat even if there were no jobs but would put you on a list.
It's about getting out there off your a*rse and selling yourself even if you don't have qualifications as that is no excuse.
Now nearly fifty years of age i have been made redundant 6 times but never been out of work cos i have a responsibility not just to my family but to myself and my self esteem, which seems to be sorely lacking in today's young people.
It is a vicious cycle of parents not working and passing on the traits to their children til it gets were we have up to 3 generations who have not worked in their lifetime, bad crack that is and the Government is also partly to blame on this issue for being too bl**dy soft on work shy people who think it is good that they don't have to contribute for their own upkeep.
Take away the dole and benefits and how would they survive some say, well just the same as when there wasn't such a thing. :mad: :mad: :mad:
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