Should long-term benefit claimants do community work?
Unemployed benefit claimants could find themselves litter-picking or gardening if government proposals go ahead. Is compulsory community work a good idea?
The Work Activity scheme is said to be designed to flush out claimants who have opted for a life on benefits, or those who are doing undeclared jobs on the side.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, who will outline plans for four-week placements, said: "One thing we can do is pull people in to do one or two weeks' manual work - turn up at 9am and leave at 5pm, to give people a sense of work, but also when we think they're doing other work."
Do you agree with this idea? Will the scheme help reduce welfare dependency? What tasks should be included? Would this improve your community?
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