Benefit cuts for Jobseekers who cannot speak English

Looking on the Daily Mail website and I came across an article about jobseekers who cannot speak English. It seems there are approx 100,000 jobseekers on benefits have worse English than the average 9 year-old child, according to official statistics. 

G. Osborne stated that “if claimants don’t speak English, they will have to attend language courses until they do.” He then went on to say that “it will help people find work. But if they are not prepared to learn English their benefits will be cut”. 

Further into the article it stated that jobseekers will have to take classes to get up to entry-level 2 which is the standard expected of the average 9-year-old child. Which, in my opinion, isn’t really sufficient enough as it won’t look very impressive to prospective employers are interviewing people who talk as if they are nine. 

However, it wasn’t all about the English language requirements. Mr O was also on about jobseekers having to attend the Jobcentre weekly instead of fortnightly and that jobless, single parents will be made to start preparing for work once their youngest child is 3-years-old. 

I agree with the jobseekers attending the Jobcentre weekly and claimants will have to write a CV and look for a job before signing on but I don’t agree with the jobless single parents preparing for work once their youngest child turns three because it will only cause people to have more children so they don’t have to work. And then what will happen to the benefit cuts? 

It was also confirmed that there is going to be a strict cap on welfare benefits from April 2015, which will include, housing benefit, tax credits, disability benefits and pensioner benefits. The state pension will be excluded. 

The Government are also revising the further restrictions on the right of foreigners to claim benefits. But I’m sure there will be more said about this in due course. 

I scrolled down and read some of the comments from other readers and felt like I had to have my say. My comment said “Would it not be a sensible idea for other nationals to sit a full English language examination before they can even enter the country and claim benefits? Not rocket science really is it? Just stop foreign national’s from receiving benefits until they sit the English language exam and if they pass they will be allowed to continue living and searching for work in the UK but if they fail then they will be deported back to their own country. It would save the country thousands if not millions and would also allow the resources to be used on Brits who deserve them.” And like always, my comment hasn’t been published by the Daily Mail. This is because they moderate the comments and if they don’t like what you have to say they simply don’t publish it. So what is the point in asking for peoples comments in the first place? 

It isn’t rocket science, the Government simply need to just grow a pair and get serious about the real changes they could be making. So what if people who cannot speak English get their benefits cut, if they can’t work and are just here to scrounge then they should get nothing. End of the day this is England and guess what? To work here it is required to speak English! Not exactly a hard one to figure out is it? 

And I know people will think this is harsh but I agree with the disability cuts as well. There is no reason, for example, for a person who is disabled from the waist down and in a wheelchair not to be working as they could just as easily do a desk job like the rest of us. If they don’t have the skills then they can learn them and then go on to do the job.

Pensioner benefits are another area which I agree with cutting. Why should people who pay tax be the ones who provide elderly members of society with brand new cars and heating allowance? Just because you’re old doesn’t mean that you all of a sudden become entitled to brand new car and have your heating bills paid. What about the jobseekers who can drive? Should they not be entitled to a brand new car to get to and from interviews, instead of having to get the bus? In fact theres a point, elderly people are entitled to a free bus pass so why even bother allowing them to qualify for a car? Personally, I think that unless they have a terminal illness or are looking after someone who has a terminal illness they should be treated no different from the rest of society.

It makes me so angry that the people who are working their asses off and paying tax get nothing while single parents, lazy cretins who refuse to work and oldies swan around getting this, that and the other. Should it not be the taxpayers who get rewarded with the benefits, especially as they are the ones providing them in the first place? 



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