The Mail reports that benefits will be stripped from the long-term jobless unless they work full time picking up litter, removing graffiti or preparing meals for the elderly. George Osborne will today announce details of the US-style ‘work for the dole’ programme, starting within six months and affecting 200,000 welfare claimants. Full story >>
The dole is money paid by the state to unemployed people. • The government is changing the rules for claiming dole. If someone is receiving the dole, we say that they are on the dole. • He's been on the dole (= without a job) for a year. The expression dole queue is used figuratively to mean 'unemployed'. • We could all be in the dole queue on Monday (= have lost our jobs).