We have suicides in the papers, a United Nations investigation into human rights abuse and a department for work and pensions who are laughing to the champaign cabinet. When times get bad, people tend to feel low, they lose their motivation and confidence, and begin to judge themselves overly harshly for what is happening in their life. The onslaught of media attention and political jibes for the past few years has only served to fortify this mentality in the ignorant masses.
How to we fix this? When people are down, for what ever reason, they have a right to be able to live full and satisfying lives. A Trampoline Welfare System is my idea. Rather than a net, offer a propulsion system into quality work or life that matter to individuals. And this time, we don't just try to find any job, we encourage job seekers to aim high, we encourage people to take work into their own hands, we encourage further education and fund it. Providing a quality life isn't just about getting them into forty hour a week jobs. If the job isn't right for the person or vice versa, this can be absolutely detrimental to their future livelihood.
It's about time that the bottom rung of the ladder got a good polish and a spring loaded step because right now it feels like an oven and the best of the bunch are sinking to the bottom.
Rowan Blair Colver