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Why Work?

Working is good for so many people for so many different reasons:

Better off calculation

Many people believe you will lose your benefit entitlement if you work. Not true. Most people will be better off by working, and depending on their circumstances, they may be able to claim some form of benefit in addition to earning a salary. What you need to remember is that this Government wants you working, so it stands to reason they will make it financially viable for you to work, and may even offer you a housing benefit or council tax run on for a few weeks after you start work.

You can get a better off calculation to tell you where you stand with benefits from the Job Centre, or alternatively you can ring the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00

Increase in confidence

So you got it! Getting a job will help you banish those doubts about your skills and worries about making ends meet. Working is one of the biggest boosts to self confidence you can find.

Make new friends

Working will provide you with the opportunity to mix with other people and socialise whether that be on a work or personal basis. Many people develop friendships with the people they work with.

Company benefits and Pensions

Depending on the company you work for, there may be some extra incentives for you to start working with them. For example, some companies offer a free gym membership, a bonus scheme or a fantastic private pension package. Find out what you can access if you become an employee of the company.

Role model for your children

If you are a parent, you will already be aware of the need to be a good role model for your children. Parents often have "hero status" with their children, and a parent that works is giving their child an important message: working is a good thing to do. By showing your children that you work hard to achieve goals, will mean they will be more likely to follow in your footsteps and choose to become one of life's achievers.

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