WANT TO WORK ...HATE BENEFITS; but Employment Research Reveals Cycle of Poverty

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), December 21, 2010 | Go to article overview

WANT TO WORK ...HATE BENEFITS; but Employment Research Reveals Cycle of Poverty


Byline: JOANNA DESIRA

UNEMPLOYED people in Middlesbrough have a strong work ethic, actively look for work, and are prepared to take jobs even when they are poor quality, research claims.

A report by Teesside University researchers, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, also revealed increasing numbers of people are facing poverty as they moved from one short-term job to another, but were often choosing not to claim benefits and missing out on the support they need.

The research team interviewed unemployed people living in Middlesbrough and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said it challenged popular ideas about the cultures of welfare dependency.

The report, called The Role of the Low Pay, No-Pay cycle in Recurrent Poverty, comes Middlesbrough continues to suffer the highest unemployment rate in the country.

The report's findings show: * People remained strongly motivated to work despite moving in and out of jobs over many years, and despite the potential for them to feel, at times, that they could be "better off on benefits"; * The poor quality of available employment, along with lack of flexible support to help people take jobs, caused real difficulties; * People would take on work despite it offering poor pay, terms and conditions; * The low-pay, no-pay issue didn't just affect younger workers, nor was it caused by the recession, but had been experienced by people of all ages over many years, and; * While low qualifications played a role, people who had been in higher education and had qualifications were also affected. …

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