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Should we introduce workhouses for the poor and homeless? watch

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    I'm not even trolling. Workhouses get a bad rep for their Victorian past, but I see nothing wrong with the concept.

    In return for doing manual work on-site, you get accommodation, food and an allowance. Many jobs (such as work at ski resorts abroad) already involve this, but the workhouse would be on a larger scale.

    These would be private institutions, but the Government could offer subsidies to get the system going. They would also obviously be subject to normal employment and health and safety laws.

    They would be voluntary, but courts could order compulsory attendance for criminals whose homelessness or domestic situation contributes to their criminality.

    What do you think? I think I would feel a bit better knowing that, if I was ever homeless, I could join a workhouse to pick myself up and not have to resort to living on the streets.
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    Maybe they could just employ them?
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    it's good for teens or people in their early 20s, and I plan on doing it abroad, e.g. fruit picking in australia or something for the experience, meeting new people and whatever but for people with families, than no.
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    If the mooted plans for doing away with all benefits for the under 21s comes to fruition they may end up needing something like this.
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    I think we should introduce workhouses for the rich and large landowners.
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    (Original post by caravaggio2)
    If the mooted plans for doing away with all benefits for the under 21s comes to fruition they may end up needing something like this.
    Nah, better to just push everyone through university. More money to be made that way
 
 
 
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