The solution is very simple. Please bear in mind I’m only talking about scroungers who can work but won’t work here.
Why do people sit at home on benefits when they are capable of work? Because they get cash for doing nothing and if and when they are forced to work there is no penalty for having claimed benefits unnecessarily.
In one state in America (California I think), if you go to prison you get billed for your stay. If you work while you’re there that comes off your bill. If you don’t work then you get an invoice when you leave and if you don’t pay it you get sent back to prison.
Imagine a similar system here for benefits. People who are fit for work should be given a grace period of, say, 6 weeks to find a job. If they haven’t found one after 6 weeks they should be allocated a job with the local authority doing things like cleaning graffiti, sweeping roads, etc. If they refuse then they should be given as much as possible of their benefits in food vouchers and just enough cash to pay essential bills. They should then be billed for the benefits they’re receiving and if they still refuse to get a job and pay the bill then the baliffs should be sent in to take their TV, Playstation 3, XBox 360, Nintendo Wii, laptop, DVD player, computer, Sky Plus box, stereo, etc. If they still refuse to get a job and pay up then take them to court and have them banged up like they do for people who won’t pay their council tax.
Pros: local authorities get free labour, keeping down council tax bills and the unemployment rate will drop like a lead balloon.
Cons: ummmmmm …