As we break into summer, a lot is concentrating our minds at GBN.
UK: Conservative Party plans to get Britain working
The Opposition Conservative party has unveiled proposals to reallocate money used to pay Incapacity Benefit to people who are judged too ill to work, to a single Work Programme. 2.6 million people currently claim Incapacity Benefit of £89.90 a week and the plans would see each claimant having their health assessed, with those who are judged fit to work having their allowance cut to the £64.30 a week received by normal Jobseekers.
Government figures estimate some 500 000 people could lose their right to Incapacity Benefit and the Conservatives plan to channel the £600 million saved in the first three years into 50 000 mentoring schemes for young people; 50 000 extra places in further education colleges; 100 000 apprenticeships each year; 30 000 young apprenticeship places; and individually tailored programmes to advise those who have been unemployed for more than 6 months on how to find a job.
The Government in turn, is expected to give details of its own plan to help the long-term unemployed back to work with an additional £5billion for work trials and work experience.