I am sure this topic will provide for many interesting discussions globally with some supporting this move and others rejecting it. I prefer not to comment on whether I think it is a good thing or not because being unemployed is one of the most challenging positions to be in but, I would like to offer a different view on this topic.
We have all heard that saying at some stage in our lives and if not, you will eventually hear it. I respect that the decision was made in an effort to reduce poverty but as the proverb above states… I would like to expand on it in this manner…
Would the amount of $587 (as indicated in the article by The Guardian) not be better spent in providing the unemployed with tools they could use to improve their own employment status?
There have been numerous articles on governments reducing these types of social schemes as in a lot of cases, they are abused and in actual fact do not motivate the unemployed to change their status as in some cases (not all), being unemployed is manageable due to the grants being handed out.
I just feel that providing the unemployed with the necessary, relevant, effective education to help them realize their own true potential to do and be anything they wish… would be a better long term investment in their financial status as well as that of the general population.
I speak from experience as I have found myself unemployed 3 times in my working life but with support from family and friends (moral not financial), I was able to find whatever work I could and then work myself back up to where I was and in fact, every time I was better off then prior to losing my work.
This is not to pat myself on the back but it was through personal development techniques and resources and belief in myself, that I was able to build myself up again and find the success I felt I deserved and craved for. Should we not be investing in personal development of the unemployed rather than handing out cash?
Every single person on this earth has something to offer… has talents… has knowledge… has gifts but, during stressful times like being unemployed, we are not able to focus on these strengths.
I am certain that if governments and institutions provided conditions for the unemployed to either leverage their skills or develop new skills, the unemployed would be better equipped to change their employment status without being too much of a burden on their country’s coffers.
There is nothing wrong with providing those in need with assistance to relieve some of the stress however, I just feel that it could be carried out in a more productive, long term manner which would ultimately benefit everyone in the end.