The coalition Government is drawing up controversial plans to relocate the unemployed to areas of the country where there are jobs, it has been revealed.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said would be bringing forward proposals to make the workforce "more mobile".
The comments, in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, echo the words of then-Tory minister Norman Tebbit in 1981 when he suggested the unemployed should "get on your bike" and look for work.
Mr Duncan Smith, the MP for Lord Tebbit's former parliamentary seat of Chingford, said millions of people were "trapped in estates where there is no work" and could not move because they would lose their accommodation.
The proposed scheme would allow them to go to the top of the housing list in another area rather than giving up their right to a home.
"We have over the years, not us personally but successive governments, created one of the most static workforces in the western world," Mr Duncan Smith said.