That idea was raised by Elfinsafety!
No, you misunderstand me. My point is that in my local area at least, there is very little motivation amongst the poorest people to work, as the rewards are practically zero. Yet every day they are reminded of their own 'failure' and the futility of their own lives, by the ruddy great multi-billion pound skyscrapers which tower over them. Where they can't get jobs, yet 'outsider's drive into the place, clogging up the roads increasing pollution and congestion while at the same time pushing house prices way, way beyond their reach.
As for 'bettering' themselves, do you think they wouldn't try, if they actually had the opportunity?
Fact is, that in this area, a perfectly viable workforce has been ignored, which has led to the exacerbation of social problems such as crime, drug addiction and mental health issues.
When I talk about education, what I mean is opportunities for local people to gain the skills and qualifications needed to work in the newly developed industries. The birth of Canary Wharf was heralded with promises of such. Instead, the once fantastic Tower Hamlets College has been reduced to little more than a sixth-form college, occupying just one small site rather than the 4 or 5 it used to have. There is virtually no provision for adult education left in this area, as cuts after cuts have seen local adult education virtually destroyed. Illiteracy is on the increase, as are things such as Tuberculosis, a disease linked directly to poverty.
How can people crawl out of the mire? The answer lies in an effective programme of education and training that is accessible to all, including the poorest. To enable them to be able to get jobs in the industries that are on their own doorsteps. At the moment, access to Further and Higher education is being priced out of the poorest people's reach; many simply cannot afford to take on crippling debts, and 50-60 hours in a crap job don't give you much time to study even part time. Full time students at University used to get benefits for housing and something to live on; now, unless mummy and daddy have a bit put by, you're stuffed.
Meanwhile, the huge corporations that occupy Canary Wharf enjoy great transport links into the area (the DLR and road building programmes have cost the taxpayers billions), yet aren't compelled to give anything back to the local communities their activities affect directly. The promises of investment in local education and training evaporated as soon as the first buildings were up. Workers are brought in from all over the Globe. 'Affordable' housing starts at £200,000+ for a shoe-box. Just as an example of the 'priorities'; money will be found to build a DLR station 100 metres from another one, for the 'convenience' of CW workers, yet people in Poplar campaigned for 20 years to have a station built at Langdon Park, which would serve thousands of local residents, many elderly people who rely on public transport.
It's actually possible for homeowners sign onto the housing list, eventually get a council house, and sell their home, particularly in areas with low demand
I have no idea what this means.