Ever wonder how other countries are dealing with unemployment?
Well, some politicians in the Netherlands think that if unemployed women find love it will help to get them off state benefits by improving confidence, ambition and motivation. Other politicians, however, have criticised it as unethical and a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Unemployed Dutch women are being offered around $1,700 in cash, a fashion and beauty makeover, and free membership of a dating agency in hopes that they will find a solvent husband. They will be given a new hairstyle and outfit, and tips from a life coach on how to attract a new partner or a job.
The Times in London went on to say,
They will also be given instruction in social and presentation skills and a place on an exclusive matchmaking service, Mens & Relatie which includes a professional photograph of their new image. Mens & Relatie claims a 75 per cent success rate in finding long-term partners for its clients.
This idea was organized by three councils in the north of the Netherlands.
“This is a total concept of trying to get people out of social security,” said Radboud Visser, the managing director of Mens & Relatie, which was hired by the three municipalities to find employed new partners for unemployed lonelyhearts. “We know from national statistics that people in a relationship have better health, more happiness, make more money and live longer lives. They make less use of medical systems and social security. So in Friesland they thought, we can try to get people out of social security by bringing them to a nice new husband.”
Mr Visser said that the first candidate for the scheme had already enrolled. It is available to men and women, but he said he expected most of his clients to be female. “Social security costs €650 a month and Friesland pays us around €650 once — so when they are able to get someone out of social security, they have made their money back after just one month,” he said.
More than 600 unemployed people are eligible for the scheme in the three councils. However, after publicity, some of it adverse, in the Dutch media, the scheme has been put on hold in one of the councils and put under review in the second, with a spokesman saying they were “reconsidering their plans”.
Mr Visser has no doubts that the State and the unemployed will benefit. “If you go for a job interview or on an interview for a new partner, it is almost the same thing. You must be sure you look good, you take care of your body and your face and you say the right things.
“I am sure that people who have done this will be on social security for less time because they will find a job and a partner.”