Chancellor George Osborne to reveal new 'Help to Work' scheme
Tougher measures to get the UK's unemployed off benefits and back into work will be laid out at the Conservative Party conference today.
Chancellor George Osborne will announce the party's £300 million annual Help to Work programme at a conference in Manchester.
The programme will start next April and will impose conditions on people who are on long-term employment benefit.
Under the new conditions, 200,000 people who have claimed for jobseeker's allowance for three years will lose out on the benefit unless they take on the two-year programme.
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The conditions include:
- Community work for 30 hours a week plus 10 hours of "job search activity";
- To attend a jobcentre daily instead of an interview once a fortnight;
- Claimants with underlying problems such as mental health, drug addiction of illiteracy will undertake a mandatory regime.
Those who refuse to take part will lose their benefits for four weeks for a first offence and then three months' worth for a second offence.