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Jobless relocation plans condemned
Last Updated: Sunday, 27 June 2010, 15:41 GMT- Search: Iain Duncan Smith unemployed

Iain Duncan Smith is bringing forward proposals to make the workforce 'more mobile'Coalition plans to relocate the unemployed to areas of the country where there are jobs have been condemned as "disgraceful".
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said he wanted to tackle "ghettos of poverty" by encouraging people to move elsewhere.
Labour said the comments echoed the words of then-Tory minister Norman Tebbit in 1981 when he suggested the unemployed should "get on your bike" and look for work.
Mr Duncan Smith, the MP for Lord Tebbit's former parliamentary seat of Chingford, said millions of people were "trapped in estates where there is no work" and could not move because they would lose their accommodation.



The proposed scheme would allow them to go to the top of the housing list in another area rather than giving up their right to a home.
"In the UK today, under the last government, we have created almost ghettos of poverty where people are static, unable to get work because there isn't any work there, unable therefore to get to work because the wages aren't high enough so they can't get there and they are stuck," he told Sky News. "And you've got two and three generations of people, unemployed, in households and whilst there's been more work created over the last 15 years actually most of that has gone to households that already have work."
"We have tons of elderly people living in houses which they cannot run and we've got queues of desperate people with families who are living in one and two-bedroom houses and flats," he said.
Shadow education secretary Ed Balls said the plans were a retreat "back to the 1980s". "This is back to the 1980s, it's this idea that somehow the only solution to unemployment is to cut benefits and say to people 'go and do it for yourself' and we know this just doesn't work."
His fellow Labour leadership contender Ed Miliband branded the policy "disgraceful".
The shadow energy secretary told BBC1's Politics Show: "What he is saying to whole parts of the country is: 'we have no hope as a government of getting work into your area so you are going to have to move out of your communities'. And that is frankly disgraceful."
and could not move because they would lose their accommodation.

The shadow energy secretary told BBC1's Politics Show: "What he is saying to whole parts of the country is: 'we have no hope as a government of getting work into your area so you are going to have to move out of your communities'. And that is frankly disgraceful."[/quote]


It is without doubt frankly disgraceful, but this is life. In many parts of the world people are forced to move from their communities to seek water.

And UK is now a third world country with high debts.

Truly hate myself for saying this, but when the going gets tough the tough get going.

Statement by Energy secretary does not refer to genuinely ill people nor their carers.
but the way it is going it could soon be that way for us too.
I've known plenty of people over the years who would have happily moved to take a job in another area but were unable to get a housing transfer - they would welcome this idea.

I heard something on the news that said people would not be forced to move - they are just enabling the move for those who want it. What struck me as weird was an eastern european woman who said she would not move 15miles if it meant she could get a job - now after moving here all the way from eastern europe 15 miles doesn't sound that far!!! Image Image Image Image
but all accounts the council where you want to move to have to put you top of the list, so where is the house going to come from as most councils have long waiting lists to house people..
The devil will be in the detail! But I suppose in theory it means that you get the next suitable property available in the area where the job is - whether or not there will be assistance with costs in the meantime is another matter! Whilst waiting lists are long everywhere it could be supposed that some properties become available in every area every month.
In the past people have had to turn jobs down as accomadation has been so problematic - with those who manage it relying on the luck of getting an exchange with another tennant. I do remember that schemes existed to facilitate moving for a job but they were long winded and fairly useless as the job could not wait for the form filling and shuffling - should we hope that those who want to use this new scheme will find it to be quicker?