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Unemployed people dismiss Osborne's plans as "farcical"

The Chancellor, George Osborne, announced plans for tougher welfare rules affecting long-term unemployed people at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

Under the plans, people who have been out of work for more than two years will have to choose between unpaid work, visiting a job centre daily and getting treatment for problems such as illiteracy or mental illness.

Gavin Esler spoke to Rob Hegarty and Chris French, who have both been unemployed for a number of years.

  • 30 Sep 2013
  • From the section UK