Help To Work Scheme Launches

Same Difference

A new government scheme to help the long-term unemployed get jobs comes into effect on Monday.

Those who have not found work after two years on the existing Work Programme, will have to enrol on the Help to Work scheme or face reduced benefits.

Participants will have to go to the job centre every day, some will be offered community work placements and others will receive intensive coaching.

Those who fail to take part could lose jobless benefits for four weeks.

‘Huge waste’

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “Everyone with the ability to work should be given the support and opportunity to do so.

“The previous system wrote too many people off, which was a huge waste of potential for those individuals as well as for their families and the country as a whole.”

The programme was first outlined by Chancellor George Osborne at last year’s Conservative…

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