Island's benefit system is working against us, claim jobseeker students

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A GROUP of unemployed Islanders say that they are being failed by the income support system which they claim would rather see them sit at home than get new qualifications.

They claim that the system is short-sighted and more of a bureaucratic tick-box exercise than a genuine attempt to find a long-term solution to the Island's record unemployment problem.

The mature students have spoken out after having their income support taken away, or being threatened with its withdrawal, because they are studying and not spending enough time looking for a job.

They say that they are trying to better themselves through education so that they can build a sustainable career.

• Read about student Michelle-Claire Scull's experience in today's JEP

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