Make Welfare Recipients Work For the Dole

The Taxpayers’ Alliance appear to have wound up half of the internet this morning with their new report arguing for mandatory participation in community work in return for benefits money. It would save some £3.5 billion a year and help 345,000 off welfare.

It is a fundamentally commonsensical idea; those who have struggled most to motivate themselves to enter the world of work would be given the push they need. Those who lack the skills required to compete for jobs would be able to strengthen their CVs and make themselves more attractive to the jobs market. It also means that, through the community work undertaken, the taxpayer is actually getting something back for his hard-earned money rather than merely funding the lifestyles of the feckless. Even Labour think it’s a good idea. Well, Frank Field, but still:

“Labour needs seriously to look again at Work for the Dole. The next Labour government must ensure that claimants are not simply left drawing benefit rather than having an offer of work. Benefit payments should help form the pool of resources to fund Labour’s future jobs fund Mark II.”

Interestingly for all the left’s hand-wringing there seems to be a lot of public support judging from the surprised and disappointed reaction of BBC radio phone-in presenters today. It would be interesting to see some polling on this. Throw in the welfare cash card and they might be on the something…

UPDATE: Turns out some polling has been done on the idea already. According to Populus, the public overwhelmingly back the idea:




Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

Jeremy Corbyn:

“The blame is with the terrorists, but…”

Sponsors

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.

Facebook

Sunday Shows Sunday Shows
New Dates for Andrew Neil Interviews New Dates for Andrew Neil Interviews
Tory Lead Down 19 Points During Campaign Tory Lead Down 19 Points During Campaign
Corbyn: Foreign Policy A Cause of Manchester Attack Corbyn: Foreign Policy A Cause of Manchester Attack
Sneering Thornberry Sneering Thornberry
Ministers Wheeled Out to Defend Ditched Care Policy Ministers Wheeled Out to Defend Ditched Care Policy
Watch: Crick Roasts “Weak and Wobbly” May Watch: Crick Roasts “Weak and Wobbly” May
Protester Arrested at May Wrexham Visit Protester Arrested at May Wrexham Visit
Clegg Spinning Brexit Doom Report Clegg Spinning Brexit Doom Report
Read Tory Manifesto In Full Read Tory Manifesto In Full
Green Leaders Cringe Skit Green Leaders Cringe Skit
Never Ending Tory Deficit Reduction Horizon Never Ending Tory Deficit Reduction Horizon
LibDem Collapse Explained LibDem Collapse Explained
Taxpayers’ Alliance Updates Iconic Tory Poster Taxpayers’ Alliance Updates Iconic Tory Poster
Cult of Corbyn Cult of Corbyn
“Labour is Chocolate Gateau: Too Much Makes You Sick” “Labour is Chocolate Gateau: Too Much Makes You Sick”
Labour Election Broadcast Star’s “Tax Efficient” Accounting Labour Election Broadcast Star’s “Tax Efficient” Accounting