ok this really pisses me off:
“The [Community Max] scheme is designed to provide work experience and greater opportunities for young people on the unemployment and independent youth benefits but 16 to 24-year-olds on the Domestic Purposes Benefit are being excluded from taking part and working themselves off the benefit,” Carmel Sepuloni said.
“The policy barring young mothers from participating in the scheme is illogical and discriminatory. Young mothers on the DPB should be entitled to the same opportunities as other young people.
“I know of at least one case where an intelligent and eager-to-work young mother wasn’t able to fill a position for which she was the first choice, as it was subsidised by the Community Max programme."
i can't think of anything coherent to say, other than the fact that i'm glad carmel is taking this to the human rights commission. combine this with the cut in the training incentive allowance for those on the DPB, and it looks like this government is actually wanting increased dependence on the state for longer periods of time. i can't think of any other rationale for these policies.