A leading performing arts college has described the decision to stop housing benefit to its students as "catastrophic".Really? We don't have enough dancers already?
Those affected are on the college's foundation course and three year diploma in theatre and dance - which costs £16,500 a year - and launched the career of many of the country's top performers, including...*holds breath in anticipation*
...Victoria Beckham, and actress Kerry Ellis who sings with Brian May.Oh. *shrugs*
Peter Barlow, consultant at Laine Theatre Arts in East Street, said they informed the students of the ‘sudden loss’ by email today.
Mr Barlow said: "We are understandably very upset.Oh, I bet they've never seen you very upset, eh, Peter?
"It’s devastating really because it is going to have a catastrophic effect on individuals and the college itself.Steady on. Don't over-dramatise th...
"Some of these students may not be able to return to their studies. They have been relying on that additional money."Yes. That's the problem. What happened to waiting tables while you wait for your break into stardom? *tuts*
He said: "They want to pursue vocational training to become highly skilled professionals. The Government are continually penalising them and making it more and more difficult."My plumber and tree-surgeon are 'highly skilled professionals'. People who prance around on stage? Not so much...
What happened to waiting tables...
Yeah, what she said.
When I went through college - one day plus two nights a week - I worked a full time job and three part time ones; in a petrol station on available week day evenings, Friday and Saturday nights as a night club door man until stupid o'clock and all day Saturday on a market stall. Sundays were spent half comatose and half doing homework, essays, etc, before starting the working week all over again.
Total cost to the state = 0 cents over 4 years.
Proto-luvvies in distress? Poor things. All those tears and tights made homeless by the selfishness of Philistine taxpayers.
£16,500 a year?
Don't put your daughter on the stage, Mrs Worthington!
Great intro, btw!
*dons imaginary leg-warmers and indulges in nostalgic rendition of title song*
I wonder how many famous stars of stage and screen, after amassing their multi-million pound fortunes, have ever paid back the benefits they claimed before they became famous - I mean apart from the taxes they pay (after their accountants have shoved most of it off-shore). I can recall one female singer, after years on benefits, complaining about the amount of tax she has to pay from her millions. She obviously didn't understand that it was those taxes which help support budding singer/songwriters before they achieve recognition, so why shouldn't they pay something back?
"Total cost to the state = 0 cents over 4 years."
No-one wants to work any more... :(
"*dons imaginary leg-warmers and indulges in nostalgic rendition of title song*"
Yup, me too! #guiltypleasure
" I can recall one female singer, after years on benefits, complaining about the amount of tax she has to pay from her millions."
oooh, give us a clue? ;)
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