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Gordon Brown, Chancellor
"It is worth people's while working"
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Monday, 28 February, 2000, 09:06 GMT
Take jobs, Brown tells unemployed
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The Treasury says there are plenty of job vacancies
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown is to launch a fresh drive to get the UK's unemployed back into work.

Job vacancies exist even in unemployment blackspots, the Treasury says.

The unemployed should take up these jobs and stop claiming benefits.

Already, the Prime Minister's official spokesman has denied suggestions that the Chancellor's move is a repeat of "Norman Tebbit's get on your bike" message to the unemployed in the 1980s.

The Chancellor is expected to publish a Treasury study on Tuesday, highlighting regional unemployment and job vacancies.

Help for unemployed

Unemployment in the UK is at a 20 year low.

The fall in unemployment has been helped by the booming service sector of the economy, which has soaked up jobs that are still being lost in manufacturing industry.

"In the next decade, help for the unemployed will be more businesses in the poorest areas, and not more benefits offices," one source close to the government said.

"At a time when there are one million vacancies in the economy and when those vacancies are in nearby areas of unemployment, ministers believe those who can work should work," he added.

Over the next two weeks, Mr Brown is to visit east London, Sunderland, the West Midlands and Liverpool.

In a report in the Sunday Times, Mr Brown said: "It is now time to start dealing with the causes of poverty and unemployment and not just the consequences.

"While more may have gone into these areas in social security benefits, less has gone in for training, enterprise and development."

In the budget on 21 March, Mr Brown is expected to unveil plans to promote business start-ups and training.

In a bid to boost enterprise, the Chancellor is expected to cut the rate of capital gains tax from the sale of businesses and their assets to 10% after they have been held for four years rather than the present 10.

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