Jobseekers who don't 'try hard enough' could lose benefits
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The Government is attempting to get tough on the spiralling benefits bill and get more of the unemployed into work. The ‘three strikes’ scheme is the latest approach, toughening up the current practice of making unemployed people demonstrate they are frequently trying to find a job and forcing them to attend career based interviews with advisers. If they don’t they are currently at a risk of losing benefits from anything between one and twenty six weeks. Unsurprisingly, this is rarely followed. Replacing this, the new regime, to be introduced in August 2013, will see unemployed people losing their benefits for thirteen weeks following the first failure, twenty six weeks for a second breach and three years for a third, provided this occurs in the same twelve month period as the second. The new rules are apparently part of a ‘deal’ between the Government and the unemployed. "We will pay their benefits and they will in turn prove that they are doing all they can to return to the job market", says Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.
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