Report Working For Unemployment Benefit in House prices and the economy Posted September 6, 2013 1/ first of all the people on benefits are very often paid more than people on minimal wage - just 1 child makes the difference 2/ there is no economical theory or historical evidence that labour provided by unemployed or prisoners is causing unemployment. again this labour is not free at all. BTW a typical cost for houisng a prisoner is in a range of 4* hotel Can I just ask what you think the people who worked in shops on NMW who you would replace with free workfare Labour will go off and do in your bizarre hinterland? I've offered up firsthand evidence of how they are displaced and left out of work by this scheme yet you just ignore it? Seriously... where does the workforce you've just displaced go and what do they do?