Coalition statement on welfare
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ON SANCTIONS AND THE SICK
19. JOBS AND WELFARE
The Government believes that we need to
encourage responsibility and fairness in the
welfare system. That means providing help for
those who cannot work, training and targeted
support for those looking for work, but
sanctions for those who turn down reasonable
offers of work or training.
• We will end all existing welfare to work
programmes and create a single welfare to
work programme to help all unemployed
people get back into work.
• We will ensure that Jobseeker’s Allowance
claimants facing the most significant barriers
to work are referred to the new welfare
to work programme immediately, not after
12 months as is currently the case. We will
ensure that Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants
aged under 25 are referred to the programme
after a maximum of six months.
• We will realign contracts with welfare to
work service providers to reflect more closely
the results they achieve in getting people back
• We will reform the funding mechanism used
by government to finance welfare to work
programmes to reflect the fact that initial
investment delivers later savings through
lower benefit expenditure, including creating
an integrated work programme with outcome
funding based upon the DEL/AME switch.
• We will ensure that receipt of benefits for
those able to work is conditional on their
willingness to work.
• We support the National Minimum Wage
because of the protection it gives lowincome
workers and the incentives to work it
• We will re-assess all current claimants of
Incapacity Benefit for their readiness to work.
Those assessed as fully capable for work will
be moved onto Jobseeker’s Allowance.
• We will support would-be entrepreneurs
through a new programme – Work for
Yourself – which will give the unemployed
access to business mentors and start-up loans.
• We will draw on a range of Service Academies
to offer pre-employment training and work
placements for unemployed people.
• We will develop local Work Clubs – places
where unemployed people can gather to
exchange skills, find opportunities, make
contacts and provide mutual support.
• We will investigate how to simplify the
benefit system in order to improve incentives