Your view: Changes to benefits for unemployed people


George Osbourne

The long-term unemployed will have to go on work placements in return for their benefits, under tougher rules unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne.

From April, people who don't work hard to get a job will face three options.

They'll have to take part in placements like clearing up litter, daily visits to the job centre or do compulsory training.

Labour says the new help-to-work scheme is proof previous back to work schemes under the coalition haven't worked.

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Mr Osborne told the conference: "We are saying there is no option of doing nothing for your benefits, no something-for-nothing any more."

Newsbeat listeners have had their say on whether they think the new plans will work.

Ben Prowse

"Giving something back to your local community who have paid to allow you live, makes sense to me."

Luke Stannard

"I was unemployed for three months and just started work, as a game developer.

"I was told at JS [job seekers] that I should be looking for 'real UK jobs' and not game dev jobs so I changed my three options to astrophysics, doctor and basket weaving. They accepted that!"

Kate Pangbourne

"Thankfully I'm not unemployed, but a daily visit to a job centre would cost me or anyone who lives in my village a seriously large amount of money."

Ruth Johnston

"Unemployment as a lifestyle choice is unacceptable but what about those who lack experience and just can't get a job?"

Anthony Perks

"No problem making people work but surely they are entitled to minimum wage if these 'jobs' are available?"

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