Yesterday, the coalition government announced new plans to overhaul the benefit system for the long term unemployed, in a effort to 'make work pay'.
The headline project will see the current complex web of work related benefits simplified into a single, unverisal credit, which aims to make it simpler to claim and less vulnerable to fraud. Claimers will also get to keep more of their income when they move into employment, however under tough new rules they will have their benefits stopped for 3 years if they refuse more than 3 job offers.
The new system will mostly be dealt with over the internet, despite an estimated 1.5 million jobseekers not having access to it.
The new scheme is expected to begin to be rolled out by 2013, being fully implented sometime after 2015.
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