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Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:39 am
Evening Chronicle letters, November 9 2010
Nov 9 2010
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IAIN Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary, will force the unemployed to "work" for their benefits.
A minimum of 30 hoursâ€™ manual work per week will be required or they will lose their jobseekers allowance. They call this a new initiative.
Could I remind the minister that we now have in place a benefit that is conditional on the claimant working a minimum of 35 hours per week and if not they receive no benefit at all.
What is this benefit?
It is the carersâ€™ allowance set at Â£53 per week. This is the lowest benefit payable (lower than jobseekers allowance).
Could I also remind the minister that his own Centre for Social Justice, in its report, Broken Britain, more than two years ago, said the carersâ€™ allowance was far too low at Â£50 per week and should be doubled, yet it and carers have been ignored by the minister in his benefit reform.
GEORGE HERSCHEL, Northumberland.
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