The second prong of a new strategy must be directed at those now joining the dole queues. Many registering at Jobcentres for perhaps the first time in their lives are shocked that, after decades of making national insurance contributions, they are entitled to a mere £60.50 a week. This is the same sum that would be paid to someone who has never worked. It hardly reinforces the culture of work.
The jobseeker's allowance ought to be graded according to the number of years that a claimant has worked. It could be doubled to £121 for those with, say, ten years' of NI contributions and increased to £181.50 for those with 15 years. Work is part of their DNA - a more generous benefit payment will not stop them returning to work as soon as they can.
Ah yes. The old Earnings Related Supplement - abolished by whom?