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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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‘Let long-term jobless work for local councils’

MORE than 1,100 long-term unemployed people across North and West Cumbria should be given a job in local government or the voluntary sector on the minimum wage – or have their benefits cut.

That is the finding of the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) whose report said long-term unemployment is the “hidden crisis of the slowest economic recovery” and the government should guarantee the work for anyone out of work for more than a year.

It would mean that 365 in Copeland who have claimed out of work benefits for more than a year would get employment, along with 285 people in Carlisle, 405 in Allerdale and 50 in Eden.

IPPR chief economist Tony Dolphin said: “Being out of work for more than a year can make it harder to get a job as well as having a negative impact on health and well-being.

“The government should guarantee those unemployed for more than a year a job at the minimum wage in local government or the voluntary sector. But with that right should come the responsibility to take that job or risk losing their benefits.”

The number claiming out of work benefits is 1,720 in Copeland, 2,401 in Carlisle, and 2,150 in Allerdale.

Have your say

D I've been thinking George
G Yes Dave?
D You know all these, er, erm, long-term unemployed people?
G Yes Dave
D I've paused, reflected and yet, I can't get away from the problem. This problem is nearly as big as not being able to stop myself telling the hoi poloi that I've 'paused and reflected'.
G Yes Dave
(Dave is now pausing and reflecting)
D OK, I know what I'm going to do.
G Yes Dave
D They can bally well get themselves a job in local government or face the consequences. Let's face it George, they couldn't do a worse job than the people already employed in local government could they?
G Yes Dave
D Now then, where's my riding boots . . .
G Yes Dave

Posted by Observer on 20 April 2012 at 23:59

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