The New Help to Work Scheme Explained [Infographic]

There's been a lot written about benefit reform in recent months. This week’s Conservative Party Conference saw the announcement of a new scheme called Help To Work, which will take effect from April 2014.

It can be difficult to pick out the facts when changes like this are announced, as there’s so much debate and commentary muddying the water. That's why we decided to create this infographic. We've stripped away all the opinion and bias so that people can easily see what the new scheme will involve, and make up their own minds whether it’s a good idea or not.

Help To Work Scheme Explained

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From April 2014

People who are still jobless after 2 years on the existing Work Programme will face a new scheme called Help To Work.

How Will It Work?

To still qualify for Jobseeker's Allowance there are 3 Options:

1) Work Placements

  • 30 hours a week for 6 months (plus 10 hours of job search activity).
  • Placements will include: Cleaning up litter, making meals for the elderly and working for a local charity.

2) Daily Job Centre Visits

  • Check in and search for jobs every working day.
  • Under the current system jobseekers attend 1 brief interview every 2 weeks.

3) Compulsory Training

  • A mandatory intensive regime for claimants with underlying problems.
  • These include drug addiction, illiteracy and mental health problems.

Break The Rules?

  • 1st offence: lose 4 weeks' worth of benefit.
  • 2nd offence: lose 3 months' worth of benefit.

Who's Affected?

  • People completing the Work Programme without finding jobs from April 2014.
  • This means 200,000 Jobseeker's Allowance claimants will be affected.
  • It is expected that there will be similar numbers of people on each of the three tracks.