Instead of paying the unemployed a job seekers allowance cash payment of £50 or £60 a week, we should operate a voucher system or moving forward a card instead. This could be made up along the following lines:-
Vouchers/credits for a local supermarket
Vouchers/credits for a mobile phone provider
Vouchers/credits to spend in local shops.
Vouchers/credits for transport purposes
A small cash amount each week.
Supermarkets could compete for the right to sell vouchers to the Government at reduced rates; the saving could be passed on to the unemployed by increasing the amount of vouchers provided.
Vouchers should prohibit or at least limit the purchase of alcohol and tobacco.
Why is this idea important?
It would hopefully be two-fold :-
Cut down on the number of people hanging about job centres having spent their cash of cheap beer / cigarettes.
Encourage people to take jobs that they may consider "beneath them" to get their hands on cash and give them some more freedowm of choice as to spending money.
All to often people are no better off financially by taking a lower paid job. This may not make them a lot better of but by controlling peoples spending habits when unemployed will hopefully make them spend more wisely and encourage them to look for work.
It will hopefully get more unemployed British people of the jobs ladders, paying tax and get them off the streets.