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"Anyone Who Can Walk to the Welfare Office Can Walk to Work." Al Capp

Posted on the 21 March 2012 by Humanwriter @roseforman
I have no shame in admitting I like to look nice when going to the job center. If I must be a statistic I refuse to be a stereotype as well. Several things worry me however, such as the fact that as a couple my boyfriend and I receive less benefits than as singletons. Also the fact that the job center don't want me to find voluntary work for more than a few hours a week. And the fact that if I find a job my boyfriend will continue to get full benefits, yet if he gets a job I get no benefits and he is expected to budget for me out of his wages. This means that he has no incentive to get a job. In many ways we are better off without jobs, especially as much of the work going at the moment is part time, it is just not economically viable to get a job. Why would we when the government are willing to hand us everything on a plate? It may be a convoluted, drawn-out process to get that plate, but worth it in the end. Don't get me wrong, I have pride, morals and ambition. Therefore, I am actually looking for a job. But as a third of my age group are also out of work, I don't hold out much hope at the moment.

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