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Citizens Advice welcomes new welfare-to-work scheme

Citizens Advice welcomes new welfare-to-work scheme

A government white paper that has simplified the benefits system and made it clear to those on welfare that finding a job would make them financially better off has been welcomed by one community charity.

Lizzie Iron, head of welfare at Citizens Advice, said bringing a variety of different benefits under one banner to be managed by a single department would make the system a lot easier to control.

She added that as result of the changes, individuals will now know that their economic situation will definitely improve if they find an occupation or commit to working longer hours.

However, Ms Iron noted she has deep concerns about what would happen to those who face having their support from the state cut if they do not comply with the new rules.

"People who struggle to find employment, due to a lack of jobs or because they face disadvantage in the labour market should not be penalised if it takes them longer to find work," Ms Iron stated.

Last week, Dr John Philpott, chief economic adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, stated it is vital for jobless benefits claimants to be given assistance in re-entering the workplace over the next few years.

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