Jobless will now have to work for their dole
WELFARE claimants in Britain will have to "work for the dole" by cooking meals for the elderly, picking up litter and removing graffiti, Chancellor George Osborne will announce today.
Tens of thousands of long-term jobless welfare claimants will have to work for 30 hours a week doing community service or lose their unemployment benefits, he will say.
The announcement, at the Conservative Party conference, is the latest toughening of the coalition's welfare rules, a key part of the Tories' offer to voters at the next general election.
Mr Osborne will also use his conference speech to sound an optimistic note about the economy, but warn that the coalition's "battle to turn around Britain" is "not even close to being over".
Despite coming under pressure from Ed Miliband's Labour pledge of a cap on energy prices, Mr Osborne will not announce specific help on the cost of living, insisting that a stable economic recovery is the only way to improve household finances.
The Conservatives have dedicated their conference to "hardworking people" and will use the meeting in Manchester to highlight coalition policies that they say reward work.
The new Help to Work scheme will be in place next year and could see 60,000 long-term unemployed people doing Community Work Placements to keep their benefits.
Other claimants will have to attend mandatory training and therapy sessions to deal with problems such as poor literacy or drink and drug addiction.
The rules will mean it is no longer possible to claim jobseekers' allowance without earning it, Mr Osborne will say.
"No one will get something for nothing," he will tell the conference. (© Daily Telegraph, London)