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Colchester: Prime minister visits job centre

PUBLISHED: 13:49 28 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:40 28 April 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith (left), during a visit to Colchester Jobcentre as the government launch the Help to Work scheme for the long-term unemployed.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith (left), during a visit to Colchester Jobcentre as the government launch the Help to Work scheme for the long-term unemployed.

David Cameron visited the Colchester Jobcentre Plus today to launch a national scheme.

Prime Minister David Cameron talks to a former job seeker during a visit to Colchester Job centre in Essex, as the government launch the Help to Work scheme for the long-term unemployed.Prime Minister David Cameron talks to a former job seeker during a visit to Colchester Job centre in Essex, as the government launch the Help to Work scheme for the long-term unemployed.

The prime minister spoke at the High Street site to launch the Help to Work Scheme, a package of measures designed to get the long-term unemployed back into work.

Options open to Jobcentre staff include making claimants sign on every day and take part in a community work placement for up to six months in order to build up skills.

Speaking in Colchester Mr Cameron said: “This is about helping people who have been out of work get back into work, but we are very clear that there are no more easy options.

“The days of giving people benefit cheques and not asking for anything in return - those days are gone.

“If you have been out of work - sometimes for three years - it is absolutely right to say to people if you want to go on receiving welfare then you should do some work because that work helps you to get back into work.”

It is the second time in five days Colchester has been visited by a senior politician.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg visited the town on Thursday to launch his Liberal Democrat party’s European election manifesto in the morning, and carried out ministerial duties when he went to a Greenstead school in the afternoon.

The chairman of a Suffolk racial equality charity says they are receiving more reports from parents about prejudice in schools than ever before.

Children in Suffolk and Essex are increasingly being exposed to the “devastating” effects of domestic violence, charities have warned.

A man has been charged following a spate of burglaries in Colchester, some of which were alleged to have involved weapons.

The newest versions of the iPhone, the 8 and 8 plus, are expected not to attract the traditional queues outside Apple’s flagship retail stores when they go on sale in the UK for the first time today.

A neighing horse, singing bird and marching band are among quintessentially Suffolk sounds captured in winning entries submitted for a new photography competition.

Rail services in Suffolk and Essex are continuing to face disruption this morning following an incident on the mainline yesterday in which a person was killed after being hit by a train.

An engineer accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a visit to her home to repair her tumble dryer has been cleared by a jury.

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