On the day this year’s GCSE results came out, no doubt you can picture the scene yourself.
“Gosh!” says young Virginia. “I’m so lucky! I got just the right grades to be a stripper! My careers teacher told me a might.
“And it’s so handy because I’ll probably see him, along with lots of my other teachers, down at the club!
“Not only that, but if I work really hard, I might be able to move on into prostitution, like that nice Liberal Democrat councillor suggested!
“That will give me a chance to meet all his colleagues from County Hall!”
I know it’s a little unfair to suggest a link between stripping and prostitution, but I hope it makes the point that our young people are increasingly being treated as sex objects by people in positions of influence.
The good news is that the DWP has now apparently withdrawn the page putting forward “striptease artist” as a career option, saying it was a “mistake”.
A government website advising benefit claimants on how to look for jobs suggests people on Universal Credit could find work as “striptease artists”.
The Department for Work and Pensions’ online tool is designed to help claimants “discover roles that match your skills and interests” and suggests search terms to help jobseekers find appropriate roles.
However, its webpage lists “striptease artist” alongside such jobs as hotel assistant, lobby attendant and bingo assistant.
It suggests the term could be used “in your online [job] search”, and describes the kind of work involved as “dances in adult entertainment establishments”.
Source: DWP Advice Site Lists ‘Striptease Artist’ As Possible Work For Universal Credit Claimants | HuffPost UK
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So if they make a “mistake” it’s not a big deal, but if we make a mistake our Benefits are stopped. Imagine though if Cannabis was ever legalized, would they advise the unemployed to sell drugs or go in for indoor Horticulture? That would be sure to enhance any CV, as would ‘adult dancer’.
It would appear that the DWP are not even aware of legislation that specifically applies to job centres regarding sex industry jobs. Talk about the right hand not knowing what the left is doing!
A few years ago I had a appointment at the jobcentre and they were running about 20 mins late when I did see the staff member she informed me that they were running late because they were short staffed so my answer to her was well you should employ someone even if it was just to cover a person who is on the sick or on holiday that way people get seen on time and guess what she sanctioned me for 3 months I appealed it in writing to the boss in the job center she rang me up 2 days later she said it was out of order by that staff member that I was sanctioned and that I had a case I should win the following day she rang again and said I had no case and the sanction stood so the bosses above her told her that I was still sanctioned and I had to carry on looking for work so my answer to her was well if iam not getting my benefit iam not looking for work SIMPLE AS THAT even when I had been applying for more jobs what was required.
Of course, that’s not harming them – it’s just cutting off your own nose to spite your face, and they knew it.