Jobseekers who have been unemployed for more than two years will have to visit a job centre every day or risk losing some of their benefits.
The Government’s Help to Work scheme comes into effect today with the aim of helping the long-term unemployed get a job.
People who have been out of work for a long period of time will have to enrol in the initiative or face the prospect of receiving reduced benefits.
Some of those enrolled will be offered work placements in their community while others will be given coaching to try and improve their skillset to make them more employable.
Financial penalties have been put in place for those who do not comply with Help to Work.
The scheme is part of the Government’s ongoing work to make sure benefits are not a “one way street”.
The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said Help to Work will provide jobseekers with the “support and opportunity” they need.
However, Labour believe the Government’s policy ignores the real reasons why people remain unemployed for a long time.