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Give benefits only to Volunteer workers to encourage Charity work and Community Service.

Comment 1st July 2010

Only people who are working in registered Charity organisations or as Volunteer workers in national projects such as woodland trusts would be able to claim longterm unemployment benefits. Anyone who currently sits at home must choose to do something for the good of the community if they are to receive benefits from the state.

Why does this matter?

This idea would do two very important things:

A) Allow those who have the goodness of heart to be able to pursue a life doing community service and/or registered voluntary/charity work. It would reward this constructive work where much help is needed but people cannot afford to do it.

B) It would encourage (and force) those who cannot find regular employment or who choose to opt out from society to find passion in helping others instead of sitting around. They would be paying back to the community the cost of their benefits and this might alleviate the national resentment towards the unemployed.

As an aside, I know a couple of people who left the vice industry of betting shop bookmaking to do important work in two national woodland trust organisations. The both couldn't really afford not having jobs at that time, but the jobseekers stipulations kept directing them back to employment opportunities at betting shops – a morally bankrupt line of work they had both taken ten years to get out of. One of them, surviving through support from his friends eventually trained for his chainsaw license and is now in a paid position as a winter woodsman.


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