Britain to put unemployed to work

AFP-JIJI

Britons who are out of work for several years will be required to work full time on community projects to receive state unemployment payments, the finance minister was to announce Monday. The proposal is the latest attempt by the Conservative-led government to reform the benefits system, which Prime Minister David Cameron says does not provide enough incentives for people to go out to work.

It was to be announced at the party’s annual conference in a bid to woo traditional voters ahead of the 2015 general election.

From April, the long-term unemployed will be forced to either do 30 hours a week of community work — such as picking up litter, making food for the elderly and working for charity — or attend a job center every day. People who break the rules once will lose four weeks of benefit, worth about £230 ($370), while a second infringement could cost them three months.