I was having an argument with a housemates this morning (one day before one of them has her finals ). The system currently expects job seekers to provide proof that they are looking for work and will chuck out those who provide insufficient proof of this, or who reject suitable jobs without good reason. As a job seeker you are expected to devote yourself to finding work; the job centre will attempt to help you with this by putting courses and forwarding you to recruitments agencies and the like. Money-wise you get around £50 a week. I have a few problems with this system; you are no allowed to volunteer for any more than 16 hours a week and the system is really more of a hindrance to people that have the initiative to look for jobs on their own. I like the gist of the system though. One of my friends reckons the job centre should provide more money for the 'unemployee' but that said 'unemployee' should also use their spare time doing community service, as job seeking is not something that most people spend a 40 hour week doing. Another friend believes the proof of job seeking aspect should not be compulsory; there are fewer jobs than seekers so some people are inevitably going to be wasting their time going for jobs that aren't there. What does CFC think?