Making the unemployed work

Unemployed set to work 30 hrs a week
Instead of heading backwards to the Victorian era of workhouses, I have a better suggestion.
Why not introduce national service instead of becoming tax payer funded cheap labour for big business.
They could train to build houses, upgrade the existing roads, rail and waterways. This could lead to a free public transport paid through taxation. We already subsidise the rail and bus companies to the tune of £6b a year. With a 1p increase in tax that would give us £12b to pay for it. At the moment it costs the poor more to travel. It would give more disposable income to those that need it most and just think what it could do for the tourism industry in this country on a hot sunny weekend.

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