Gordon Brown unveiled a key 'jobs for all' pledge as part of the labour manifesto yesterday. He intends to offer a job to every long-term unemployed person in Britain over the age of 25 who has been unemployed for two years or more and everyone under 25 unemployed for 10 months or more.
If people rejected the job offered they would lose their benefits.
Haven't we been here before? Where are these jobs? Does he intend to create them in the public sector or are they again short-term 'training' places.
It doesn't make sense. What he should be considering is reorganising the benefits system so that people are better off working rather than claiming from the state. Many long-term unemployed have been through the 'training' schemes which provide little skills training. It would be far better for the individuals and the economy if they were given a choice of vocational subjects to study and to reward them upon results. Removing benefits such as housing allowance will be no advantage to anyone.
I really shouldn't be concerned about this. It will never happen. It's another non-policy from labour.