Three summers in a row, D. applied for a summer job with the council. He applied in plenty of time, he said on the application that he could work any of the three time periods. BUT he could not tick the box that we have a social worker assigned to our family nor could he tick the box that he regularly sees the school counselor. They make it sound like the jobs at the council just go to the needy. At the same time, they write that the jobs are distributed according to the lottery system.
The strange thing is, that these jobs all go to youths whose parents work for the council in one capacity or the other. In the top-notch jobs. It’s the youths, like our neighbour, who has no financial problems at all, who get the jobs. Two years in a row, our neighbour’s son, got a cushy job. He has more money to spend than he knows what to do with. Lives by the computer. Lazy git. School food is not good enough for him, so he goes and eats at the fast food chains in town. All his money is spent on food, computer games and fun, fun, fun. His parents just showers him in money. Last year, “his” job went to his sister, because “the personnel had liked working with him so much”. In other words, the word lottery is just a blatant lie. The same principle that ruled who were going to get the council summer jobs, when I was a youth looking for a summer job, rules today. Without contacts, you can’t get a summer job. I had no contacts, my children have no contacts since I don’t work and my husband works for a private firm, which does not employ kids. In other words, my children are doomed to sit here all summer long, doing nothing. Getting no money of their own. Getting no work experience.
The state changed the rules for family allowance many years ago. When your child has graduated from 9th grade, you do not get the allowance during the three summer months. The youth is supposed to go out and work during those months. Even though there are no jobs in Sweden for more than a handful of youths. So, the majority of 16-19 year-olds lay in bed all summer, watches TV on their computers or play computer games. That is what my two youths did last summer, after they did not get summer jobs. BUT truth be told, D. did help me when I needed help with his siblings. He did help out with cooking. And he always does his chores. It’s “Dollie” that does not lift a finger. She does not do her chores and all summer long, last year, she did not help me one bit. She even went to stay with friends for long times, in order for us not to be able to ask any “favours” of her. Just dumping her dishwashing days on her dad. Cleaning the kitchen floor on me. Leaving me to go hunting for all her dirty clothes in that stinky room of hers and for her father to search for dirty dishes, in the same room. The same thing will be repeated this summer. She just received a letter in the post saying that she did not get one of the few summer jobs with the council. (Like working by the council pool. Working on the grounds crew.)
I am really angry about it. So angry I could spit. WE are in need of money. But, had she received a job, I would not have taken the money. I would just have been happy to have her out of the house. I can not stand that a 16-year-old (in August all of 17!), who could help, refuses to do so. That I am run ragged, while someone else who could help, lays and sleeps till noon and then sits on a computer for a couple of hours, goes to the pool with her dad, expects a ready dinner when they get back and then back on the computer for film watching. It’s one thing to wait on people who can’t take care of themselves, but I honestly expect more from the ones who can! Thanks a lot again, Council of Lund, for kicking at the people who are already laying down!!!