- Oct 28, 2007
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Unemployed people living in council homes could be offered incentives to move to areas where there are jobs, the work and pensions secretary has said.
Iain Duncan Smith said millions were "trapped in estates were there is no work", unable to move for fear of losing their right to a home.
He told the Sunday Telegraph the system must be more flexible, but did not give a clear commitment to rehouse workers.
Shadow education secretary Ed Balls called the idea "profoundly unfair".
Comparisons to Tebbit's famous / infamous "on yer bike" speech have already (by Labour) been made but I do think there's merit to the current plan - as long as compulsion is not used.
We do have places in the country where there is a long history of unemployment and lack of regeneration (even under left wing Labour govts) - the regional development agencies set up IN 1999 have done some good work but I wonder how much value for money we really got back for the money invested in them.