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Young benefit claimants must do 30 hours of weekly 'community work'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Central Government, Finance

Young benefit claimants must do 30 hours of weekly 'community work' Young benefit claimants must do 30 hours of weekly 'community work'

A new mandatory scheme designed to get young people off of benefits has been announced by Mark Hoban, the employment minister.

Claimants will be expected to do 30 hours of work a week for "the benefit of their communities" on top of a six-hour dose of "intensive job seeking support". Those that refuse to take part without good reason will have their benefits stopped.

The eight-week programme will target those aged between 18 and 24 who have been claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for over six months, yet have gained little or no recent work experience.

The scheme will be run by Jobcentre Plus in Derbyshire, and is aiming to help around 2,000 18-24 year-olds in the district get the experience and skills they need to find their first job.

Mark Hoban (pictured) said: "It's unacceptable that in the past many young people who didn't have the necessary skills or experience they needed to get into work were stuck on benefits.

"We're changing that and making sure that we give young jobseekers the support they need early on, when it can really make a difference to their job prospects."

Andrew Thomas, district manager of Derbyshire Jobcentre Plus, said: "Right now it's a tough labour market out there and we want to make sure that the young people we work with have the best chance of succeeding.

"Our trailblazer will help people develop good working habits, such as turning up to work on time, as well as the right training and experience – something that employers have told us they’re crying out for."

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