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Sickness and disability are not the same

Thu, 02/08/2012 - 13:17 -- nick
“Do you have the potential to return to work?” states Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment. It seems a very reasonable question, and when the idea of Employment Support Allowance was initially mooted during the mid noughties at a time of high employment and economic boom it was an admirable aim. Disabled people are deeply disadvantaged and discriminated against in the labour market, but with considerable skills many would love to work. However, like all disadvantaged people there is no one answer for those with disabilities wanting to gain employment. The shiny pink elephant in the room of policy makers and certain sectors of the disability lobby is the complete exclusion of sick people from this group. Sickness and disability are not the same issue, but for benefits purposes we are all lumped in together and labelled as ‘disabled’ regardless of condition.

Piloting the site

Tue, 24/07/2012 - 12:44 -- UnemployedNet Blog

Welcome to the first blog for UnemployedNet’s site. We will be writing every now and again on the development of the site, the coverage we are receiving and your feedback, and hope you’ll check in with us to find out how UnemployedNet is going. If you want to know more about what we stand for and want to achieve, please take a look at our guide -

Starting a business – get the first idea right

Thu, 28/06/2012 - 18:25 -- nick
I was speaking recently to two unemployed people who wanted to start a business. Based in South London, and committed music fans, they were keen to provide a commercial rehearsal studio for local bands. They had researched their market fully, were committed, had a good business plan and low salary expectations. So what went wrong?

2. Fair’s Fair: How to get careers fairs right

Mon, 28/05/2012 - 16:31 -- The Recruiter

This week, the government and water boards have announced that we are heading for a drought – hosepipe bans and short showers are on their way this summer, if it doesn’t pour down soon.

With the economy still uncertain, there is a shortage of jobs around, but there’s absolutely no drought in jobs fairs – the Recruiter goes to at least one or two a week.

I wanted to give you some do’s and don’ts to make the best use of these events. Remember, a jobs fair is your first chance to impress a future employer, so make a note of these tips – they might just help you get that job you want.

1. New Year, New Job, New You

Mon, 28/05/2012 - 16:29 -- The Recruiter

As 2012 makes its mark, it’s a good time to think about the future. Like many people, I made my New Year’s resolution on the 1st of January, persuading myself that I would go running twice a week, every week. My trainers will become my new best friends, the towpath my new home, and I will run further and further each week.

For many people, the resolution will be to get a new job.



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