OK, works for me... Why the aversion to being on the dole? Did you not contribute to the pot it's being drawn from? Here in the States, the Federal government (FICA), and individual states take deductions out of people's pay checks each period from which unemployment is paid.
Well, the reason is that I find it quite unethical (an this time I mean it
) that someone who is working is paying for you to not work. As to how much you contribute in the UK, I think it comes from your National Insurace contribution (which also includes your state pension and other things), which is a % of how much you earn, which I think is pathetic. Why should those who have worked hard, and earned a lot of money have to give more to people who do not want to work. Though, the possiblilty of earning more by not working is not something I would turn doen right away. It used to be the case that, if you lost your job, and you were on the dole, you would recive enough to mantain your previous standard of living. Which seems a lot more sensible, but I guess that is what the Labour governement is doing to our country, "peanalise the rich, I am Blair". Now, it is something ridiculous like 150 pounds a week.