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    (Original post by xXMessedUpXx)
    You're forgetting that some people actually are not capable of work....

    Everyone is capable of work, even if it is just as a circus side-show 'look what happens when you eat all the pies, smoke too much and take no exercise' display. Heck, you could have those fat idiots in their motorised wheelchairs doing a version of robot wars, but with blood and guts. Heck, I'd watch that...


    But on a more serious note, most people can and will work if given the opportunity. A mate of mine had a motorcycle accident about two years ago and has had a knackered back ever since. He'd done some photography course or something when he was much younger, but never managed to get a career in the field and was basically stuck doing manual jobs here and there, so the accident has basically put him on incapacity benefit. He's not getting any younger (IIRC he has just turned 30), so really he needs some form of active engagement to get him on a training course of some kind that will lead to a decent non-physical job.


    There are plenty of people out there just like him, who quite honestly lack the 'get up and go' arrange their own retraining, or who quite simply cannot afford to retrain.
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    (Original post by FatboyGinger)
    Problem- Long Term Unemployed
    Solution- Introduce a scheme in which people who have been unemployed for say 6 months, on state benefits, to work for the government doing menial tasks, for say three days a week. There will always be work out there. If the person has a background and skills in a certain job, the government should try to cater to this.
    Frankly the government doesn't need an army of menial labourers with no skills, nor does it have the resources to supervise them. Moreover, since it has accepted the principles of the minimum wage, paying standard dole money to people who would be entitled to considerably more than that for their hours of work would be improper.
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    In before Gordon Brown.
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    (Original post by L i b)
    Frankly the government doesn't need an army of menial labourers with no skills, nor does it have the resources to supervise them. Moreover, since it has accepted the principles of the minimum wage, paying standard dole money to people who would be entitled to considerably more than that for their hours of work would be improper.
    This.

    It would probably cost more to supervise these people and find them things to do than they get on the dole at the moment. Though I would be in favour of requiring people on the dole to do local voluntary work if available.
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    Isn't this pretty much what Clement Atlee did, only to be reversed by Maggie Thatcher?
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    There's no room in modern society for masked vigilantes
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    But surely our streets can never be too clean?
    What is the solution to the long term unemployed then?
 
 
 
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