This is an important article in the Telegraph, citing a policy shift from Iain Duncan Smith. It’s recommended read.
Personally, I think that the proposed measures are far too weak. Radical reform is required.
In my mind, there is room for a new category of ‘public service’, where benefits recipients have to offer some value to society in exchange for their allowances.
I envision, a graduated scale from the most needy, probably receiving more help, through various pre-work categories back to work.