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Government launches back to work scheme

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by Kay Mitchell

The Government has launched its new “Work Programme”, which aims to get people off benefits and back to work.

The scheme will see mainly private companies trying to find work for claimants in the UK.

The moves are part of the coalition Government’s welfare crackdown which is designed to make a life on benefits “no longer an option” – first announced in last June’s emergency budget, when it was revealed that the benefits system would be in line for a radical overhaul.

The massive overhaul is aimed at helping people get back to work but, at the same time, end the situation where some risk losing out financially if they take a job.

More than one million people of working age have spent at least a decade continuously claiming some form of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Income Support.

Commenting on the launch, Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: “The Work Programme will tackle the endemic worklessness that has blighted so many of the country’s communities for decades.

“It is revolutionary in the way it tailors support to jobseekers’ individual needs and pays organisations primarily for getting people into sustained employment.”

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News posted: June 10, 2011

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