• November 27, 2010

The Kernow Branch has received a response to a letter the Branch Secretary sent following the announcement by the UK Government that it plans to force unemployed people back to work.

The initiative, taken up by the branch, followed in the wake of a letter from the League’s Director of Information (DoI) reminding the UK Government that the UK is a signatory to International Labour Law which bans forced labour and challenging the UK Work and Pensions Minister, Iain Duncan Smith MP. (See link below):


The DoI said that if the legislation is introduced in any of the Celtic countries which are part of the UK it will consider a complaint to the
International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The letter, sent to Branch Secretary, Mike Chappell, is set out below.

“22nd November 2010

Dear Mr Chappell

I hope you are well and thank you for copying me in to this email.

To clarify things, the government is not going to force people to work, all it is saying is that if they refuse work then they will lose their benefits which most people would agree is perfectly fair.

Breaking the culture of welfare dependency is a major priority for our country and I think that people who are on Job Seekers Allowance can really benefit from doing some voluntary work. A few weeks ago I met volunteers at a Barnardos shop some of whom were taking their first steps back in to the job market and they gained confidence from being part of a team at work. We need more people to learn the benefits of work.

Thanks again for raising this issue with me.

George Eustice
Conservative MP for Camborne Redruth and Hayle”

This article prepared for Celtic News by Rhisiart Tal-e-bot General Secretary Celtic League. For follow-up comment or clarification contact:

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