Letters, Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Jobless deserve to be treated better

I RECENTLY attended an appointment at Southwick Jobcentre, having been unemployed since January 11 of this year.

 I had tried, with the Jobcentre’s help, to enrol on an IT course and I was given the time of 9.30am to attend the course centre.

 I arrived at the centre at 9.15am and by 11am I was still sitting in the waiting room. I was then told by a lady that my appointment was actually 2.30pm and that they would rearrange an appointment for me. They never contacted me again.

 At my next appointment at the Jobcentre I was given a form to fill out to explain why I did not attend the course.

 I was treated like it was all my fault. I wrote on the form that I believed that it was due to someone else’s incompetence and why was I being punished.

 The lady from the Jobcentre phoned the course and the woman that she spoke to agreed with my story and also said the reason that I had not been contacted was because their funding had fallen through and the course was no longer available.

 The lady from the Jobcentre then signed me up for a forklift truck course, even though I already have my forklift licence, and told me that it was mandatory. She reeminded me that if I did not go I would have my benefits stopped for three months. I will not be given bus fare and this will cost me a fortune.

 These people haven’t a clue what they are doing. They are not helping us in any way.

 Maybe these people should be the ones sent on courses and people like me given their jobs.

 I would treat others like human beings and not like the scum that they think we are.


Red House

Nothing for young

AS a parent of two young children I am saddened that I have to drive out of Sunderland to entertain them.

 My kids love swmming but Sunderland has no fun pools with slides. Yet again, South Tyneside has outshone Sunderland on the provision for young children.

 The new Haven Point complex is a well thought-out site for all.

 It has a swim-only pool and a separate pool for the kids – fancy that.

 My kids tell me: “Sunderland is rubbish, Mam. There is nothing here to do. I wish we could live in South Shields.”

 It has a brillian seafront, park and play areas for all ages. It’s about time the council gave the people of Sunderland what they deserve.

Mrs Carson

Children lose out

ANOTHER academy, this time close to home, is under investigation.

 Glendale Arts Academy in Easington is being investigated for the alleged mismanagement of school funds. In theory, the idea of schools managing their own budgets is great. But, sure as day follows night, when large amounts of money are concerned there are always some who will look to have some for themselves.

 Look at MPs’ expenses. A great proportion of them claimed far more than they were entitled to and some are even doing time for their deeds.

 So these same MPs think its OK for schools to manage their own budgets.

 The big losers in all of this are the children.

Ged Taylor,