MP dismisses work for dole ‘gimmick’
9:41am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
BOLTON West MP Julie Hilling has described chancellor George Osborne’s plans to make the long-term jobless “work for the dole” as a gimmick.
The Chancellor announced plans to attach tough new conditions to welfare payments in his keynote speech at the party conference in Manchester.
Under the plans, hundreds of thousands of claimants will be required to carry out community work such as collecting litter, cooking meals for the elderly or cleaning graffiti.
Mr Osborne said the Help to Work scheme will end the “something-for-nothing culture”.
But Ms Hilling said the scheme would “punish the 2.5 million people who are desperate for work”.
She added: “It seems to be to be a real gimmick — the government should be focussing on getting proper jobs for those many people who do want to work.”
Mr Osborne explained that claimants who have been out of work for three years and fail to find a job through the government’s Work Programme will be required to do 30 hours a week of community work, report to a job centre daily or undergo intensive treatment to tackle issues such as mental illness or illiteracy.
He said it was a “very compassionate” approach to people who have been abandoned by previous governments.
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