Tough stance on New Deal to deliver more staff

The Government will withdraw the benefits for the long-term jobless
who refuse to sign up to the New Deal programme to get unemployed people into

Claimants will be forced to take on a subsidised job,
training, voluntary work or a place on an environmental task force or lose
their jobseeker’s allowance.

The Government will also target the over-25s, lone parents
and people with disabilities.

Latest figures show less than 1
million people are still unemployed and the chancellor Gordon Brown has pledged
to try and attain full employment.

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