The long-term unemployed will have to undertake work placements in return for their benefits, under changes to be unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne. From April, people who are jobless after being on the Work Programme will face three options, including community work, or face losing benefits. Mr Osborne will announce the plan at the Conservative Party conference.
I was on BBC London discussing this issue earlier this morning and they did a Vox Pop which even in London showed widespread support for the concept in play here. I think it is VERY reasonable to ask people to DO SOMETHING in exchange for their benefits. Naturally, the political Left take exception to this and howl with outrage at this “draconian’ notion that the idle may have to actually get up off their lardy backsides.
Labour said the idea was proof the Work Programme, set up by the coalition two years ago, had failed.
That’s a bit rich coming from the Party that when in government made sure it provided those who don’t work with benefits that in some cases were much more financially lucrative than the income some people in work received! Labour are the suppliers of Welfarism to their client base and so can be expected to scream fowl but the truth is that this is overdue and welcome.