A BARNSLEY MP has backed plans that will see the long-term unemployed be required to take up a job or lose their benefits.

Labour says its 'jobs guarantee' scheme for young unemployed people will last for the whole of the next parliament - if it wins next year's general election.

In Barnsley, long-term youth unemployment is up 106 per cent since January 2011 and in Michael Dugher's Barnsley East constituency the number of people under 24 claiming for over 12 months has increased by 45 per cent.

Every young person out of work for more than 12 months will be given a paid starter job which they will have to take up or lose benefits if Labour wins the next election.

"The 106 per cent figure is very concerning," Mr Dugher said. "If we win the next election we will get young people and the long-term unemployed in Barnsley off benefits and into work.

"Those who can work will be required to take up the jobs on offer or lose their benefits. A life on benefits will simply not be an option.