Why shouldn't people who receive state benefits work for them? If you want Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) £67.50 per week then you should do 11 hours work a week at the minimum wage of £6.08 Of course JSA is the tiny tip of the iceberg of benefits and allowances. You want housing allowance. The current cap at £340 per week would require 50 hours of work. This could of course be divided up among the 'family unit' beneficiaries. What sort of work? Anything that needs doing or would be nice to do and the taxpayer can't afford to do at the moment. Whether it's street cleaning, planting trees at the National Arbouretum, painting and decorating schools, ditto barracks and police stations.... Work required by charities... If the work is difficult or unpleasant then the 'pay' rate could go up. I've seen some estimates that the top scroungers are getting the equivalent of £40,000 pas or more. Why shouldn't they work for it?