Comment on David Mc Williams latest posting on his blog http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2010/03/10/fresh-thinking-needed-to-cut-growing-dole-queues
I would like to point out one flaw in your posting (FAS. WPP )(Work placement program)
“FAS has a scheme where young graduates can join companies for up to nine months to gain work experience on no pay, but they retain their unemployment benefits. This scheme should not be limited to young people. It should be open to all the unemployed.
Retraining is what is needed here and it can be done at a fraction of the cost by unleashing this programme to make it as open as possible. For instance, the scheme is restricted to companies of between 10 and 20 employees, which can hire only two additional staff on this basis. If the company can take on five people instead of two, why hold it back?
The Flaw is at the moment there are about 35 thousand (at least) previous (Self-employed persons)
Who are not in receipt of the Dole (jobs-seekers allowance) and if they were to take up this scheme they would be expected to work in these companies for nothing!
Don’t you think they should at least they should get the equivalent of the jobseekers allowance?