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Pearce: Government's work programme could struggle

Pearce: Government's work programme could struggle

The economic downturn means the government may not be able to successfully implement its programme to get the long-term unemployed back into work, according to one expert.

Speaking to the Guardian, Nick Pearce, director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, said a lack of jobs means the plan could struggle.

He stated it was already difficult enough to reintroduce those who had been out of employment for a long period into the workplace when the economy was booming.

"Now, because of the downturn, there are far fewer vacancies so it's going to be harder still," he claimed.

A spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions told the newspaper the initiative will provide support to those who need it to help them find a job.

According to Chris Huhne, secretary for energy and climate change, a new government scheme could see 250,000 new jobs created as a result of a project to improve Britain's energy efficiency. 

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