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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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Grayling: Work experience critics are 'misguided'

The government has announced that youngsters will be able to leave the work experience scheme after a week without facing benefit sanctions after a meeting with scores of employees.

The Department for Work and Pensions said sanctions will still apply for cases of gross misconduct, such as stealing or racist abuse but those taking part in the scheme will be able to leave after a week without losing their benefits.

Employment minister Chris Grayling described it as a "change" that would help companies, insisting that opponents were "completely misguided".

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