Employment Minister Mark Hoban has threatened Jobseeker's Allowance claimants with tougher sanctions if they 'play the system'.
Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Hoban said 'there are some out there who don't want to roll up their sleeves, and who think they can play the system. Well I've got news for them – they can't.'
The Minister was announcing an increase in the penalty periods for those who turn down jobs or do not co-operate fully with Jobcentre Plus staff.
He writes 'from tomorrow there will be clear and escalating levels of penalties.