Benefits test: Labour pledge maths and English quiz for unemployed
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The Labour Party has pledged to stop unemployment benefit for people who fail a maths and English test or who refuse to take part in training.
The shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Rachel Reeves, said that should it win the next election Labour will adopt a "tough love" policy that will see the jobless given a skills test within six weeks of signing on.
In an interview with The Independent, Reeves said: “It has to be right that people who are not trying hard enough and don’t want to make the effort required to get into work, or get the skills they need, forfeit their benefit.
“If you don’t have these basic skills, you are going to struggle to get a job. If people have been out of work for six months, employers are not interested in them. Short-term unemployment can quickly become long-term unemployment and then becomes a lifetime of unemployment.”