I first mooted the idea of a National Community Service way back in June 2009 and followed up in October 2009 when I suggested that the unemployed could be used to supplement our troops in the war in Afghanistan. As usual in the seamless transition from NoLab to the Conservatives nothing has really changed. There appear to be no plans which would make an impact on the hardliners or the immigrant unemployable.
Surely a National Community Service is more relevant than ever? It would seriously inconvenience the 'never had a job' brigade and would ensure that some of those hiding in the ghettos would have to emerge and integrate. The penalty for not attending for NCS would be loss of benefits.
I have posted how this system could be organised, who should do it and what the aims would be. It could not fail to uncover the dross. Those who remained undercover would lose money and identify themselves as having something to hide. Those who stepped up to the mark willingly would also identify themselves as fit for employment.
It is a sure fire winner but that is why it has no chance of being adopted by the mainstream parties.