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Jobseekers who refuse training may lose cash

Benefit claimants who refuse to take up the offer of a training course could have their benefits stopped under new plans announced by the Government today.

Claimants who are required to actively seek, or prepare for work could be mandated onto a training course and face sanctions if they refuse.

Employment minister Chris Grayling said: "These proposals are about making sure that people are given the best opportunities, support and encouragement to get back into work.

"We will support people but they have to do their bit too. If they are offered a training course to improve their employability they will be expected to attend. This is part of our new contract with jobseekers - the right help and support with a greater expectation to take it."

Skills minister John Hayes added: "This is an important change, and one which we hope will result in improved participation and completion rates in skills training programmes to get more people into jobs.

"We want to work with colleges and training providers to make this process as streamlined as possible. That's in line with our goal to free skills providers from unnecessary and complex bureaucracy."

The new rules would apply to people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance and those in the work-related activity group of Employment Support Allowance who need extra support and training.

Ministers launched a consultation on the proposals which will run until February.

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