Still trying to figure out whether another area of welfare reforms that’s slipped into the public’s attention this last weekend is such a hot idea: getting the long-term unemployed to do unpaid volunteer work for a month. I’m unsure about this.
Surely rather than having people pick litter, garden and basically put council employees out of a job, they should be doing something that will give them work experience that will help them in finding a job? I’ve spent a lot of time this year doing volunteer work in areas that interested me career-wise so that I could show that I had experience in the areas I would like to work in. And none of that was litter picking or gardening.
For instance, if someone is applying for jobs in retail, under this new scheme, would it not make more sense for them to volunteer in a charity shop? If they want to work in catering or bar work – a homeless soup kitchen? Y’know, the right volunteer placement for the right kind of “career” aspirations.
However, considering that they’ll want people on these schemes to “volunteer” for thirty hours a week and still get paid regular JSA… err that’s less than minimum wage. Not exactly valuing work there. And what about the fact that will be 120 hours in a month where people won’t be able to look for work when businesses are actually open.
I hate how people don’t think things through before putting forward new policies.