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Getting our young into work is the way ahead

Published 13/11/2015

I am a 62-year-old male with minor sight and mobility problems. I also have some health issues that affect my capability.

I am on Jobseeker's Allowance because the state says I am fit for work - though I (and my GP) disagree.

I have been called for interview yet again to see why I am still not successful in getting a job. I apply for everything going, but why would an employer take me on when a younger, fitter and probably more capable person can do the job better?

I look around me every time I go to the Benefits Office and there are scores (if not hundreds) like me.

But my main point is: why am I being subjected to this harassment when I personally believe all jobs should be targeted at our young who need the work, will put their earnings back into the system, might get married and raise a family and, in doing so, will benefit our economy a thousand times more than I ever will.

I will not be buying a new kitchen, bathroom, car, double glazing, or any other substantial purchase ever again in my lifetime - even if I got a job - so I am not good for the economy.

My point is: would it not make great sense to allow anyone over 60 to take retirement with even a good proportion of the state pension and get our young folk back into the workplace and grow our economy?

Our Government is penny-wise and pound-foolish.

DAVID BAUER

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