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    In order to receive benefits long-term unemployed people will have to undertake work placements in return for their benefits.

    From April next year people without a job after being on the work programme will face three options; these include community work, daily visits to a job centre or taking part in compulsory training.  If people do not comply with these they will face losing their benefits.

    Labour has said that these new plans are proof that the coalition's main welfare-to-work scheme had failed.

    It is believed that George Osborne, in a speech at the party conference in Manchester, is meant to say that the government will not “abandon” long term unemployed people, but no-one will be able to get something for nothing, reports the BBC.

    People who have not found work after two years on the existing work programme will face a new scheme called ‘help-to-work'. People will have to remain on help-to-work until they find employment.

    If anyone is found to breach the rule they will lose four weeks' worth of benefits. If someone is found to break the rules for a second time, they will face losing three months' worth of benefits.

    September 30, 2013 by Laura Matthews Categories: Housing And Benefits

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