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Mandatory work placements for jobseekers

Radical new welfare rules will require jobseekers to do work placements or face financial sanctions.

Jobseeker Plus advisers will soon be able to refer the jobless to do mandatory work activity, lasting 4 weeks.

The idea is to expose participants to the ‘habits and routines’ of working life.

Employment minister Chris Grayling said: ‘I've been really worried by some of the job search interviews I've sat through where people are clearly losing their focus and just aren't getting any closer to a job.

‘This new approach is designed to give people that extra push to make sure they are really keeping active and focused on what it takes to get into work.’

Participants will be required to spend up to 30 hours a week at their placements, or risk financial sanctions, such as the withdrawal of jobseekers’ allowance for a period of 3 months or more. They will be required to continue looking for work at the same time.

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