Rotterdam unemployed to work for their benefits

10th August 2010, Comments 4 comments

RNW

The Rotterdam council wants unemployed to work for their benefits. Whoever refuses to accept a job or do volunteer work will have their benefits cut.

The three-year pilot will start in the Tarwewijk district in November. Four hundred and seventy-five unemployed on benefits have been selected for the pilot.

The initiative is intended to break the negative spiral of having no work, living off benefits, sitting around at home and slowly sinking into isolation.

A council spokesperson told the national newspaper De Telegraaf : “We want nobody to duck out”.

 

 

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3 Comments To This Article

  • stuart577 posted:

    on 10th August 2010, 16:46:02 - Reply

    Being unemployed can be quite difficult and depressing thing. Often government does little to actually help. As I said let then do the same and see how it works. Chairman Mao, said it well, paraphrase "once in a while a member of the politbureau should spend time with the workers and this way he wil know actually what they need"
  • Zog posted:

    on 10th August 2010, 14:54:15 - Reply

    They should give support to people. Help them to write a CV, apply for jobs, interviews etc. Some people don't know how.
    I hope they will allow people time to do this and assess each person individually for health problems etc before they force any job onto people.
    If I was unemployed, I'd want to keep myself active. I hope the council can offer a wide range of opportunities for people - not just cleaning.
    It will be good up-to-date work experience for the long-term unemployed just as long as it doesn't become a massive slave labour scheme.
  • stuart577 posted:

    on 10th August 2010, 14:01:41 - Reply

    A council spokesperson told the national newspaper De Telegraaf : “We want nobody to duck out”.
    Let them do the same and see how it is to work.