"I'm on benefits" and "Not working, just claiming" are two of the slogans the Department of Employment are planning for compulsory headgear to be worn by benefit claimants. "The so called benefits caps are a way to provide low cost headgear to the needy during the winter months, and at the same time provide important information about the wearer," explained Junior employment minister David Sargent. "They also mark out those who are not in jobs from the working poor, whose menfolk will be allowed to wear traditional (doffable) flat caps of their choosing without slogans.
The Daily Mail will finance the caps, and the Department of Employment will supervise their compulsory wearing. Every Friday the Mail will publish a special foldable pull out double page with instructions to make the paper caps. “It’s a brilliant scheme from the Mail. Not only will they be providing free hats, they’ll also be offering a grounding in origami – which might lead to job opportunities," saiid a government spokesperson