The Trades Union Congress has warned the government that extending the mandatory work scheme for those who are currently out of a job will do nothing to resolve the nation's unemployment crisis.
Employment minister Chris Grayling announced the £5 million expansion to the scheme yesterday (June 12th), which will allow as many as 60,000 to 70,000 referrals per year.
The minister claimed that drawing on benefits instead of working should not be an option.
General secretary of the TUC Brendan Barber asserted that forcing people to work without being paid is a very negative approach.
He explained that the measure simply amounts to punishing people who are not employed and called on the government to return its focus to guiding the economy out of the recession.
Mr Barber also suggested the coalition attempts to create "good quality employment support for the 2.6 million unemployed people across the country who are desperate to move into paid work".