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Your benefits could be cut if you turn down job offers amid new unemployment, Cabinet minister warns

BRITS who refuse to accept job offers will face a cut in their benefits under a new impetus to reduce unemployment, a Cabinet Minister warned today.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said those who turn down a post they are “fully capable of completing” will punished.

Work and Pensions Minister Therese Coffey announced the news today

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Work and Pensions Minister Therese Coffey announced the news todayCredit: PA

She launched a fresh push today to bring in an extra 500,000 people to work as the UK’s economy looks set to recover from the pandemic shutdowns.

The government says there are now more than a million vacancies across the UK and many bosses are hungry for new staff.

Ministers want to persuade more people to take up jobs in sectors they have never worked in before to help fill workforce shortages.

Under current regulations, claimants can spend three specific months trying to complete a job they already have experience in.

But that time is now reduced to just four weeksafter which time the British will have to accept alternative work offers.

Ms Coffey said the Government is particularly interested in attracting people to critical infrastructure jobs where there is a current shortage.

These include areas like construction and social care, plus supply chain roles like warehousing and logistics.

Job Center employees will be asked to “accelerate” the “job search” process of people looking for jobs with companies where they can be employed.

Ms. Coffey said the change was particularly urgent as the economy was beginning to emerge from the pandemic.

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β€œWe are aware that a lot of restrictions are going on around the country,” she said.

“The economy is recovering from the rollout of vaccinations and employers need those jobs.

“The acceleration we’re working on will get people started working. They’ll put more money in their pockets and improve their mental health.”

Britons will also be encouraged to take up a new type of job even if they still want to go back to their old job.

She added: “It’s much easier if you actually get a better job when you’re working like to advance your career.”

If you choose not to work, why should you be paid?

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey

Ms Coffey said ministers wanted to “support” the unemployed but warned there would be consequences for those who turned down jobs.

“If you’re offered a job and you turn it down, even though it’s a job you’re perfectly capable of doing, we’ll say more things that we don’t think are right,” she said.

“You’re getting taxpayer money this week, through this week looking for a job, there’s a job there you’re completely capable of and we’ll continue to support you.

“If you choose not to work then why should you be paid? You will most likely be referred to a sanction and therefore part of your benefits will be suspended.”

As part of the so-called ‘claimant’s undertaking’, many Britons have General Credit had to look for a job – or face sanctions.

Unemployment is still at a record low and have around 1.2 million jobs increase to take – 59% higher than before the pandemic.

Low-income Britons are expected to be hardest hit with Increases in energy bills and taxes will come in April.

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