The British Labour government wants to overhaul the welfare state and threatens the unemployed with "escalating sanctions"
Not only in Germany, as in the Federal Ministry of Economics, activation strategies for the unemployed are being considered ("Activation strategy" for the unemployed). In Great Britain, too, in view of the growing unemployment figures, the government is proposing measures under which the long-term unemployed or welfare recipients would only receive money after two years without work if they perform social services in return.
According to Minister James Purnell of the Department of Work and Pensions, this is a major change in the welfare state. He boasted that even the Thatcher and Major governments had not dared to go so far. However, despite all the restrictions, one is relying on the "Basic principles of the welfare state", which were undermined and forgotten between the 60s and 80s.