EDITORIAL: Support for jobless over-50s must be pushed at grassroots

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Finding a job when you’re over 50 can be a daunting prospect for some.

That process needs to be made as easy as possible and job hunters’ enthusiasm for finding work and learning new skills should at least be met half way.

That’s why it is worrying this week to hear the testimony of one job seeker in that bracket who has not been served as well as he could have at Diss’ Job Centre.

We don’t know how many similar cases there could be, but anecdotally we hear that it is not isolated.

It is fine for the Government to talk about how it is helping older people back into work, but the initiatives need to be pushed at the grassroots.

n Whatever you think about South Norfolk Council’s plan to spend up to £100,000 on flash new toilets in Harleston, it would seem to make sense to work out the best use for the old ones they have replaced.

As long as the sums add up, it seems to make a lot of sense to turn the old toilet block into a commercial unit like a shop.

What a waste it would be to simply pull down a sound building, especially when it could create wealth and jobs for people in Harleston - and somewhere to spend a penny or two.