Companies to get £2,500 for each long-term jobless recruit | Politics | guardian.co.uk: "The government is to give firms that recruit people unemployed for more than six months 'golden hellos' of up to £2,500, in a move that provides £500m to keep employers hiring.
The unexpected initiative, which will be announced at the government's jobs summit this morning, is the latest to tackle rising unemployment, predicted to hit 3 million by the end of the year. Last week, the skills secretary, John Denham, announced measures to increase apprenticeships by 35,000 and a system of internships to ensure students unable to find employment still find training."
While we should welcome any move to reduce the scourge of unemployment, Government could do mush more by having a radical look at the benefit system. It is not difficult.
1 At present benefit is paid on condition that the claimant does no work.
2 There is a huge amount of work that needs to be done to save energy, help the community, and improve the environment.
3 Tribunals can be set up which will give accreditation to enterprises that fulfill the criteria in 2 above.
4 Claimants who find work in accredited enterprises can take their benefit into work with them. This is technically known as a Earnings Disregard, and already happens with pensions.
5 The employer makes the new workers' pay up to the going rate for the job. He is not allowed to displace old workers with the new system.
The net effect is that instead of SS money being a grudging sop to stop people dying of starvation, it becomes a Green Wage Subsidy, a positive stimulus to the economy - reducing unemployment, opposing global warming, benefiting society and environment.
What's more, it contains an important component of the Citizen's Income, in that the CI also is not withdrawn when the citizen goes to work. Unfortunately it came a cropper in green Party Conference because... well, because it was not CI.
Give us strength.
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