The Voluntary Workforce
The vast majority of people want to work. However, those with emotional, mental and physical disabilities are always going to find it harder to find employment that sustains.
This can only conclude that many must now be aware that only the fittest will survive the current economic climate; the jobs are just not out there.
With sweeping welfare cuts, implemented by organisations such as Atos, former Income Support claimants are placed into ESA work related activity groups and such is the chaos surrounding the schemes, some experts predict a catastrophic social implosion is inevitable.
In essence, those drawing ESA will now have to engage in regular appointments with the job centre where they could be forced into any work that might become available (this also applies to voluntary work). The eventuality could be that claimants could be working for their benefits.
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This could also have Health and Safety implications for others in the same employment whereas a vulnerable adult with mental health problems forced into work could jeopardise the safety of the other employees around them.
Many of the vulnerable in our society are currently terrified their benefits will be suspended should they engage in unofficial voluntary work and by doing so, could be deemed fit to do a shift of hard labour.
Some are anticipating food coupons being doled out reminiscent of that of the Third World and others become substance dependent as an escape to an intolerable situation.
If one does have an interest and career path it seems that they cannot volunteer to work in their chosen profession. Prospective volunteers must fill in a form at the Job Centre, so it is the DWP who will have the final say where one will undertake their voluntary work.
On the DWP website regarding volunteering: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dwp1023.pdf it states that:
'This leaflet is only a guide and does not cover every circumstance. We have done our best to make sure the leaflet is correct as of October 2010. Some of the information may be oversimplified, or may become inaccurate over time, for example because of changes to the law.'
In other words, they are making it up as they go along.