Charlie Mullins: "Stop hand-outs to the unemployed! Start using incentives instead"

He is calling on government to stop "blindly handing out benefits", particularly to the under 25s. The UK's unemployed "should be trained in essential skills such as plumbing, carpentry and electrics" instead says the millionaire plumbing entrepreneur. Those that don't take part in the training would be cut off benefits. Here's Mullins' rant in full:

"At the moment as a country we are paying people not to work. We've been doing it for so long that we have successfully trained - and are continuing to successfully train - people in the skill of not working for a living.

"I don't pay people not to work for me, so why should government? As the unemployment debate rumbles on, the one thing that seems to be missing is often common sense. Especially from those who would criticise the Government's general policy of wanting to exchange a day's work for a day's pay.

"Using the Jobseeker's Allowance as a carrot and a stick to get the unemployed the right skills may sound a little harsh to some people, but I promise you, young people would be in training in no time, plugging the national skills gap and crucially paying tax to the exchequer.

"The simple truth we must face is that if we put half as much effort, and money, into training people to work as we have over recent decades into teaching them how to not work for a living then unemployment wouldn't be a problem."

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