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1093 The Dole

Rachel talks with Todd about 'the dole' in the UK and how people feel about it.

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unemployment benefits

People without jobs can get unemployment benefits.

Unemployment benefits are ways the government helps people who do not have or can not find a job. Notice the following.

  1. My unemployment benefits finish at the end of the month.
  2. Many countries do not offer unemployment benefits.


Can they be on it indefinitely?

‘Indefinitely’ talks about a period of time with no end or deadline. Note the samples.

  1. If you fly in and out of the country every 90 days, you can stay indefinitely.
  2. The negotiations have been postponed indefinitely.

claim disability

They want to reduce the number of people claiming disability.

People who claim disability say they can’t work because of poor heath. Here are two examples.

  1. My father was injured at work. He’s been receiving disability payments for the last two months.
  2. Some people claim disability because they are too lazy to work.

negative stigma

Is there a negative stigma to being on the dole?

There is a ‘stigma’ about something when people think it is bad. Notice the following.

  1. In some countries, being a single mother carries a social stigma.
  2. In America, there is no longer a stigma to being divorced.

social class

It depends on your social class.

Traditionally, ‘class’ was defined as upper, which was rich and educated; middle, which were the workers; lower, who were the poorer and uneducated. Nowadays, those definitions are not so clear. Notice the samples.

  1. In some countries, social class remains an important cultural distinction.
  2. Let’s be honest; these days, people with enough money can buy social class.

on a regular basis

You must show up on a regular basis.

‘On a regular basis’ simply means to do something often, at a set time or day. Notice the following.

  1. It’s good to visit the dentist on a regular basis.
  2. I run a virus scan on a regular basis.