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Labour's jobs benefit pledge

Labour has pledged jobs for every unemployed person over 25 and out of work for more than two years, which they must take up for six months or lose benefits. It will be paid for by a cut in pension tax relief for top earners

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Labour pledges guaranteed jobs for long-term unemployed

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. Credit: PA Wire

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls unveiled plans to provide guaranteed jobs for the long-term unemployed if Labour were re-elected.

Writing for PoliticsHome, Mr Balls said the £1 billion scheme would see 130,000 people out of work for more than two years offered posts on at least the minimum wage.

But they face losing benefits if they refuse to take the jobs.

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