New Government Scheme Could See Long-Term Unemployed Lose Benefits

14th May 2014

New regulations will see people who have been on jobseeker’s allowance for more than two years without finding work have their benefits stopped unless they adhere to certain rules, including visits to the job centre every day and the possibility of unpaid work and training. The government’s latest scheme to decrease unemployment echoes other programs from the past, but what makes this one different, and will it work?

The New Initiative
The government’s previous schemes to help find work for the long-term jobless have received mix reviews and results. Read on for a look at the facts of the latest scheme, called the Help to Work programme, in comparison to previous ones:

- The initiative will apply to people who have been out of work for more than two years under the current Work Programme scheme and those who do not take part could see their benfits capped or stopped entirely.
- Jobseeker’s Allowance will be stopped for one month after first failed attendance, followed by thirteen weeks for any further absences.
- Over seventy companies have agreed to provide work experience to the unemployed under the new initiative rules.
- Other benefit changes include JSA applicants having to prove they are fit and ready for work before they apply.

Will it Work?
Previous initiatives intended to help the long-term unemployed find work have had limited success. The main issue of schemes in which people are forced to do unpaid work or have their benefits stopped is the scheme being seen in sorts, as a punishment imposed on those in need or struggling.

Punishment or Pride?
The government is making assurances that the new system is not in place to punish people but rather allow them to gain experience in different fields and give them the drive and ambition to find work.

A Positive Sentiment
Despite there bring mixed opinions about those on the dole, the idea of giving those who are settled with unemployment and surviving on their benefits the chance to regain the self-worth and confidence is a positive one. However, the lack of jobs available in certain areas could see those who have been unemployed for a long time lose their only means of financial aid.

It remains to be seen whether the government’s Help to Work programme will be a help or a hinderance, however any effort made to reduce the levels on unemployment is surely a step in the right direction.

For those looking for work, there are many avenues to investigate and those who have been out of work for a long period of time should not be disheartened by the new rules. We as a low cost online recruitment agency can use our skills and knowledge of the industry to help you on your quest to find the perfect job – get in touch today.

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