Unemployed people living in council homes could be offered incentives to move to areas where there are jobs, the work and pensions secretary has said.
Iain Duncan Smith said millions were trapped in “ghettos of poverty” unable to move for fear of losing their homes.
Labour’s Ed Balls called the idea “profoundly unfair” and likened it to Tory calls in the 1980s for people to “get on your bike” to look for work.
But Mr Duncan Smith said such comparisons were “ludicrous”.
The coalition government has promised bold welfare reforms to ensure work pays better and to tackle generations of unemployment in families. Source BBC.
The new government wants to get Britain’s 2.5 million jobless back to work through a series of ‘carrot and stick’ measures, whilst introducing an immediate cap on non-EU immigration.
Despite the UK’s high unemployment rate there are still thousands of vacancies in industries, such as the care sector, which have always struggled to recruit local workers.
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