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'Extremely poor' work scheme

A multibillion-pound Government programme which is meant to help the long-term unemployed into work has been branded "extremely poor" in a damning assessment by MPs.

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Govt: Work scheme report 'paints a skewed picture'

This report paints a skewed picture. More than 200,000 people have moved off benefits and into a job thanks to the Work Programme.

It is making a real difference to tens of thousands of the hardest to help jobseekers. Long-term unemployment fell by 15,000 in the latest quarter.

The Work Programme gives support to claimants for two years and it hasn't even been running that long yet, so it's still early days. We know the performance of our providers is improving.

– Department for Work and Pensions spokesman

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