Work scheme sanctions dropped

Youngsters on the Government's controversial work experience scheme will now be able to leave after a week without facing benefit sanctions.

The change comes ahead of the Employment Minister's meeting with firms who have offered placements.

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CBI: Work experience schemes 'vital' for young people

The CBI represents more than 240,000 businesses across the UK Credit: ITV News

The CBI met with the government today to reaffirm their support for the controversial work experience scheme for Job Seekers Allowance claimants. They are encouraging their members to take part. Katja Hall, CBI Chief Policy Director said:

"Gaining hands on experience of the workplace is vital to giving young jobseekers a foot in the door, and it can make such a difference when they are applying for interviews.The scheme’s record of getting people into jobs is very strong, with more than half coming off benefits after 13 weeks"

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