Seen as this thread is entitled Unemployment, thought I'd share my marvellous idea.
All those declared 'fit to work' who spend more than 3 months jobseeking (less if they want) will be given a place in one of the local, government run facilities, which I'll refer to as workhouses from now on.
A workhouse will be a base level factory of sorts. Simple fabrication of commonly used items throughout the country relevant to either supplying the government NHS and council businesses or producing a simple product for sale or export (bottles, doorknobs, in essence half the stuff we get made in china), failing that, smashing rocks or something. Heck, even a transportable labour force of ditch diggers, field tillers or rubbish pickers (imagine how much our scenery would improve if we had over a million people on litter duty)
Minimum wage for all in the workhouse, abolish unemployment benefit leaving only disability/carer funds. Those who show the relevant gumption will be able to take managerial and administration roles, providing much needed experience to get a job in the commercial or private sector.
Whilst a slightly higher cost for wages over the dole fund, the country will likely benefit from an increase in internally created products, decreasing the need for imports and hopefully produce a profitable source of exports.