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article imageUK Job seekers offered taxpayer's money to remove tattoos

By Kev Hedges     May 10, 2011 in Lifestyle
Job seekers in Britain who are experiencing difficulty in gaining employment, because of unsightly and prominent tattoos, could be offered government funds to have them removed.
In a bid to lower levels of unemployment, staff at job centres across Britain can direct those receiving state benefits to receive the costly treatment. Visible neck and face tattoos are strictly banned in all of the armed forces and most employers would frown upon those with neck tattoos.
Darra Singh, chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, said in the Daily Mail: "There is no automatic entitlement, but when an adviser deems it necessary to facilitate the take-up of a specific job offer and the cost represents good value for taxpayers' money, an award could be made."
It can cost around £100 ($164) for a session to remove a tattoo. Some heavily-tattooed claimants may require as many as 12 sessions. Emma Boon from TaxPayers' Alliance says those "who have been tattooed found a way to pay for it so they should take responsibility for that and pay for removal themselves."
However one Member of Parliament, David Ruffley, defended the alliance's view, saying: "Tattoos are very expensive to have done in the first place so I think it is completely reasonable from the taxpayers' point of view to get individuals to help pay for the removal of unsightly tattoos."
Tattoos have become increasingly popular in recent years with celebrities like 50 Cent, David Beckham and X-Factor's Cheryl Cole inking their bodies.
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