Labour have hit out at the Government for introducing tougher measures for the long-term unemployed but failing to assess the basic literacy and numeracy of benefit claimants.
Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms said:
– Stephen Timms
Under David Cameron's government nearly one in ten people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance lack basic literacy skills and many more are unable to do simple maths or send an email.
Yet this Government allows jobseekers to spend up to three years claiming benefits before they get literacy and numeracy training.
A Labour government will introduce a Basic Skills Test to assess all new claimants for Jobseeker's Allowance within six weeks of claiming benefits.