I wonder if our very own “future of work” researcherÂ who hasÂ never had a proper job, Grant Robertson, would be supportive of a scheme that would see benefits stopped and unemployed forced into work after two years.
They would probably throw their hands up at the horror of the state forcing the indolent into work.
But that is exactly what Labour in the UK is proposing.
The unemployed should be forced to take a job after no more than two years on the dole to end stop them spending a ‘lifetime on benefits’, Labour will say today.
Rachel Reeves is challenging David Cameron to back Labour’s plan for a jobs guarantee to limit Jobseekers Allowance to a year for under 25s and two years for older workers.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the shadow work and pensions secretary warned the country cannot afford leaving people ‘stuck on benefits for years on end’.
Latest figures show the number of people claiming JSA stood at 867,700 in December, down from 1.6million in 2011 but still 90,000 higher than the pre-crash trough in February 2008.
However, there are 133,200 people aged 25 and over who have been claiming JSA for two years or more, and 30,000 people aged 18-24 have been on JSA for over a year.
Under Labour’s plan, the government would force those on the scheme to take a job working 25 hours a week, paid at the minimum wage, for six months.
The party hopes that four in five people would be kept on by employers in the job after six months.