"Some employers say they are dealing with dozens of applicants unpresentable and unfit for work and they fear it's only going to get worse as the next wave of benefit reforms starts to settle in and more beneficiaries are forced to actively look for work...despite the many jobless, employers say continual absenteeism, substance abuse and poor work ethic appear to be making a lot of them unemployable."Employers occasionally speak out about their difficulty in getting good people. It's more often a lament heard on talkback radio than read in print but the stories aren't uncommon. I don't doubt their veracity and they make me angry, despairing and worried.
These 'inadequates' to put it politely will doubtless be passing on their own attitudes and impaired intelligences to their children. I fear that cutting off their benefit incomes won't motivate them positively. It'll just turn them into more resentful, more bitter and more desperate characters.
That is not to say it shouldn't happen. A line has to be drawn. Society has to concede that some people have been helped as much as possible. Their education, their health, housing and income needs have all been met by the state to no avail. In fact, to their detriment.
The "next wave of benefit reforms" will begin to pull back the carpet under which we have swept this problem for too long.