Public Overwhelmingly Supports Work for the Dole

Earlier this month Guido backed the case for mandatory participation in a “work for the dole” policy after the Taxpayers’ Alliance argued it would save some £3.5 billion a year and help 345,000 off welfare. It certainly wound up all the right people.

This morning, the Mail reports that long-term unemployed will be be told at Tory party conference they have to do a full-time unpaid job for their benefits money. Any worries in Downing Street about the move should be abated by the numbers: According to a YouGov poll for Policy Exchange it is a policy that has overwhelming public support, with 56% backing workfare compared to just 12% against:

Nothing like a crowd pleaser to liven up a conference, eh?

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Peter Mandelson tells Emma Barnett…

“I think that Jeremy Corbyn himself should search his conscience and ask himself whether he’s the best person to lead the Labour Party into the general election with the best chance of success for the party.”


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