Responding to the announcement of an "Intensive Activity Programme" for young jobseekers, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
"We have to ensure that the benefit system provides a sturdy safety net for the most vulnerable but it cannot become a long-term alternative to work. It is absolutely right that programmes exist for claimants to develop the skills needed to get on to the job ladder, and it is also right that those on benefits demonstrate a willingness to do all they can to get into work. It's important that there is flexibility in the design of the programme to allow for personal circumstances, but rigorous training as part of the welfare system should be welcomed not just by taxpayers but by all of those who claim to want to help young people into employment."
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