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A form of welfare in which capable adults are required to perform work, often in public-service jobs, as a condition of receiving aid.

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a scheme under which the government of a country requires unemployed people to do community work or undergo job training in return for social-security payments
[C20: from work + (wel)fare]
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a government plan under which employable welfare recipients are required to accept public-service jobs or participate in job training.
[1965–70; work + (wel) fare]
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Yesterday, the Tories finally abandoned all pretence at chasing the youth vote - as David Cameron personally announced workfare for 18 to 21-year-olds.
I'D like to thank all the members of City of Cardiff Council who voted in support of the motion to ban 'workfare' - forced unpaid labour for benefit claimants - at the last Full Council meeting.
Unite urged the bosses of charities not to take part in the programme, describing it as "workfare." Ministers pointed out there are more than 600,000 vacancies in the economy at any one time, saying that the new measures were intended to help unemployed people fill them.

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