“I don’t like to take benefits,” says Shukri Warsame. “I want to take care of my family myself and be independent. If I’m sitting at home doing nothing, relying on benefits, my children will think they don’t have to pay their way when they leave school.”
However, for Warsame, who is Somali and arrived in the UK from the Netherlands 12 years ago, finding work with limited English and a lack of qualifications, has been difficult. It is a common story. But Warsame recently completed a training course and has been working for nine and a half hours a week as a carer, for a frail, elderly Somali woman who lives on her own and speaks no English. She hopes she will soon be able to work full-time in the field.