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New scheme in benefit reforms for young people launched in London

Date: (29 August 2012)    |    

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The pilot scheme launched yesterday would entail thousands of young unemployed being barred from receiving benefits unless they put up three months of unpaid work as a preparation for the jobs market.
The scheme would apply to new benefit claimants aged 18-24 unless they can show that they already had a significant job.
They are suppose to spend 30 hours a week on 'community benefit' work experience in places such as charity shops and care homes or delivering meals on wheels.They will have to spend a further ten hours looking for a job. Those who refuse could have their benefits stopped.
The scheme was launched in London and would be rolled across the country depending on its success in London.
Ministers believe that young people with little or no experience of a job were often not ready for the world of work.
Sources yesterday said the scheme was designed to instil basic disciplines such as getting up early in the morning and looking smart.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling refuted that it amounted to 'slave labour', saying it would help youngsters improve their career prospects.
He said that several other countries did not allow young people to claim any benefits at all until they have had made contributions through a job.
The trial was to give an idea of saying you can’t get something back until you have put something in. Hitherto the culture of something for nothing had not done any good to people instead it made the people doing right cynical and those who directly launch themselves in the welfare state start their life on precisely the wrong footing.
Under the pilot scheme 18 to 24-year-olds in 16 London boroughs who have spent less than six months in a job will have to work for three months in order to receive their £56-a-week Jobseeker's Allowance.
London Mayor Boris Johnson backed the initiative, saying: 'I would much rather people had the fun and the experience of work placements and the confidence that comes with it than being on benefits and doing nothing and seeing their self-esteem fall away.'
The scheme was welcomed by employers.
The new scheme is the latest in a string of initiatives designed to tackle Britain's culture of benefits dependency. Around 6,000 youngsters in London are expected to undergo the trial in the coming months.