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'Boot camp' for jobless or they lose benefits

By David Hughes

Jobless young adults will face losing benefits unless they take part in a "boot camp" to get them ready for the world of work, the chairman of a Government taskforce has said.

Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock said the measure was part of the Government's goal of ending a "welfare culture" in some communities.

The chairman of the cross-Government 'Earn or Learn' implementation taskforce said he would take a "no excuses" approach.

Under the plans, targeted at people aged 18-21, within the first three weeks of claiming benefit people will take up an Intensive Activity Programme (IAP) to help them move off benefits and into sustainable employment.

The programme - labelled a "boot camp" by officials - will take 71 hours over the first three weeks and will see claimants given help with job applications and interview techniques.

The taskforce will implement measures including the requirement for young claimants to take a job, apprenticeship, traineeship or unpaid work experience or face losing benefits.

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