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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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Providers concentrating 'on easiest cases' to help jobless

Under the payment-by-results system, the Department has incentives in place which in theory are supposed to prevent providers concentrating on the easiest cases and ignoring those who are hardest to help.

But these incentives are not working and there is increasing evidence of 'creaming and parking'.

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