Tough times ahead for jobseekers, but don’t give up the fight!

AnnieM, June 28, 2010

OK, so things are really starting to get tough for jobseekers across the UK. If the budget cuts weren’t enough, the Coalition Government has now declared war on the unemployed, despite their promises to the contrary. As part of the Government’s so-called welfare reform, the Work and Pensions secretary and former Conservative leader, Iain Duncan-Smith has admitted considering a jobseeker exodus – where the unemployed are relocated to areas of the UK where there are more jobs. This may seem like a good idea on the surface, but consider the following scenarios:

*You have young children settling in nicely into a local school. As an unemployed parent you are told you will only receive help if you move to an entirely new area with more jobs. This will mean uprooting your children from their school and moving away from your family and friends.

* You are a single parent struggling to make ends meet. You are offered a relocation package providing you find work elsewhere. The salaries on offer do not cover the additional childcare costs, the rent and other living expenses.

* You have sought refuge in Britain and have just settled in to your new community. You have been offered assistance to find work on the understanding that you will move to where there are more jobs. This will mean leaving the community you were adjusting to and leaving your family and friends who speak the same language as you.

These are not unfamiliar scenarios and there will be many more which will make it difficult – and unfair – for the jobless to be expected to uproot. If this scheme is implemented, having a free choice where to live will be a luxury for the well-off only.  Critics say the scheme is a ‘throwback’ to the 1980s where politicians held a ‘on your bike’ attitude towards the unemployed and cut millions of jobseeker’s benefits.

Indeed, it seems that we are charging at high speed towards the 1980s: not only will housing benefits be cut in the near future, but it is highly likely that incapacity benefits – or sickness benefits as they are sometimes known – will also be cut under the welfare reform plans. Those who are too ill to work and whom relied on incapacity benefits will be the ones targeted in this new scheme.

Yet all is not lost. It is a safe bet that if you are reading this you too are unemployed or looking for work. You’ve come to the right place.

Despite the horrendous cuts and tough years ahead for job seekers in the public sector, Jobsgopublic is committed to advertising the best jobs for the best candidates. We regularly advertise over 1,000 amazing job opportunities and that is certainly not going to change.

Make sure you continue to visit us often – who knows, the next job you apply for may be the one you’ll get.