Editorial: Fresh ideas needed to help long-term jobless off dole queue
Many people on the dole would welcome an opportunity to do some kind of work, which might help them back into the labour force. Apart from the loss of income, unemployment brings with it a sense of dislocation from the rest of society accompanied at times by doubts about personal worth.
This is especially true for those who have worked most of their adult lives and are now among the ranks of the long-term unemployed.
For all these reasons we must look positively at all efforts to help unemployed people somehow re-connect with the outside world. If we cannot get an unemployed person a job, we must look to training, work experience and other activation schemes.