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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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Labour: Government are 'making it up as they go along'

Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne says ministers are 'lurching from one muddle to another' Credit: P.A

Labour's shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne has accused the government of "making it up as they go along" as they announced "changes" to the controversial work experience scheme for young job seekers. He said:

"Ministers appear to be lurching from one muddle to another while more and more jobs are lost and unemployment rises. Work experience is incredibly valuable but somehow this Government have botched it so badly that they have lost the good will of businesses across the country."

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