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Remove a significant barrier for the long term unemployed

Comment 5th July 2010

Quite often people caught in a benefits trap are qualified, capable and willing to work. The longer a person is out of work, the more unlikely an employer is to hire him or her. Qualifications and skills become irrelevant when there is a large employment gap on a CV. Please remove this barrier!

My idea is this: many front line services are being scaled down. Allow those unemployed people who are suitable to support local services and work without pay. However let them do a respected job, not simply making the tea. Give the individual a chance to prove that they are not lazy or incapable. 

Why does this matter?

My idea would do two things:

Firstly; it would remove an over looked barrier which is faced by many long term unemployed people. 

Secondly; Where suitable people are chosen, they could support a struggling infrastructure in the public sector. The idea is not to replace staff, but to support them.  

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