Labour's job guarantee
Labour would guarantee a job to all adults out of work for more than two years, Ed Balls has announced today.
The £1bn policy, which would be paid for by reducing tax relief on pension contributions for those earning over £150,000, is one of the first indicators of a Labour government’s approach to welfare.
If people refused the minimum wage job, they would “face losing benefits”, Mr Balls said, and he also expressed the hope that the programme could eventually be extended to those out of work for over 12 months. Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome
, the Shadow Chancellor said: "Britain needs real welfare reform that is tough, fair and that works. Welfare reform that unites the country and takes the economy forward, not divisive, nasty and misleading smears from an out of touch and failing government."