Young Londoners joining the dole queue will be forced to work unpaid for three months or lose their benefits under a new scheme announced by mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
Funded from the European social fund, 6,000 Londoners aged 18-24 in 16 boroughs will be made to do 13 weeks’ unpaid work as a condition of claiming their £56-a-week benefit if they have contributed less than six months of national insurance payments.
As well as charities, some will be made to work for businesses that provide a clear “community benefit”.
The scheme is expected to be running by the end of the year and the government hopes to extend it nationally. It will bring the total number of proposed or operational mandatory work schemes to three. One, the mandatory work activity scheme, which lasts for a month, was found by the DWP to have zero effect on chances of landing a job. It also had no effect in getting people off benefits over a six-month period and led to a small increase in those claiming sickness support payments.
Described as a “joint pilot” between Johnson and the DWP, the new programme will offer “intensive help” for those with little experience of paid work, including one-to-one CV advice “to help people boost their employability in an increasingly competitive jobs market”. [....]
What I think about this?
I saw this article written on Facebook and my initial reaction was that it was an excellent idea, but then I began to think, it depends what kind of work they would be volunteered for, I mean you don’t want major supermarkets to take advantage and just gain free labour in the form of shelf stacking and stock counting. it could be a stepping stone in the right direction as it could give the people claiming benefits a nudge in the right direction towards full time employment.
What do you think?
Not long until the start of the Olympics now. I cant wait to see all the celebrations and opening ceremonies. But what this post is about is the inspirational people of the Paralympics, when have you ever thought you haven’t been able to do something or cant be bothered? what about someone who is disabled or unable to. If you wanted someone to inspire you just think of the participators in the Paralympics, running with no legs, swimming without an arm or leg and jumping with no arms. are you tuning in? Click Here for a scedule
Which would you rather give up for a weekend — sex or your iPhone? 15% of respondents to one study said they would choose a romance-free weekend rather than go without their beloved device.
Its pretty scary, how much phones are now taking over social interactions, I mean did you know that 10% of people under 25 now think its perfectly acceptable to text while having sexual intercourse? A recent survey brought to light in the news that during most day to day tasks a large minority of the public think its acceptable to text.
We all know multi-tasking even in social situations is becoming more culturally commonplace, but are there limits? If there are, it looks like they aren’t in the bedroom: a whopping 76% of the public report checking Facebook or Twitter after getting into bed at night and/or before getting out of bed in the morning.
While not that many people actively engage in social media during sex, they do in bed. Retrevo found that almost half of social-media users check in via phone while lying in bed. About 48% of those polled said they check or update Facebook or Twitter after they’ve gotten into bed at night and/or before they get out of bed in the morning. That number jumps to 76% for the 25-and-younger set, with a whopping 19% of those millennials saying they also check in whenever they wake up during the night.
Think twice before you reach for a friend’s iPhone – you don’t know where it’s been. Nearly 85% of respondents report having used their iPhone while in the bathroom.
In my line of work I have to be able to spot the signs and symptoms of Dementia,
Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) that is associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. These include:
People with dementia may also become apathetic, have problems controlling their emotions or behaving appropriately in social situations. Aspects of their personality may change or they may see or hear things that other people do not, or have false beliefs. Most cases of dementia are caused by damage to the structure of the brain. People with dementia usually need help from friends or relatives, including help in making decisions.
How common is dementia?
Dementia is a common condition. In England alone, there are currently 570,000 people living with dementia. That number is expected to double over the next 30 years.
Usually dementia occurs in people who are 65 or over. The older you get, the more likely you are to develop it. Dementia is slightly more common in women than in men.
Types of dementia
Listed below are the different types of dementia.
- Alzheimer’s disease, where small clumps of protein, known as plaques, begin to develop around brain cells. This disrupts the normal workings of the brain.
- Vascular dementia, where problems with blood circulation result in parts of the brain not receiving enough blood and oxygen.
- Dementia with Lewy bodies, where abnormal structures, known as Lewy bodies, develop inside the brain.
- Frontotemporal dementia, where the frontal and temporal lobes (two parts of the brain) begin to shrink. Unlike other types of dementia, frontotemporal dementia usually develops in people who are under 65. It is much rarer than other types of dementia.
This section focuses on vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.
There is no cure for dementia and symptoms will get worse over time. However, there are a number of effective treatments that can help people to cope better with their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Source Taken From:- NHS
I didn’t really think id ever blog about a subject quite like this but hey here goes nothing, About a month ago i started having a relationship with someone who lives about 2 hours away from me, Which may not feel like very far away but when your like me and you work strange and all hours day and night, It makes spending time together quite hard at times. In the lime light if you truly love someone you just make it work and it also means things are easier when you are together as your treasure it alot more than someone that lives close to you and can see you on a daily basis. I Love my partner and would travel any distance to see her even if it cost me alot to get there, Love is Love and if its suppose to be then you really do do anything for your loved one.