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Government announces details of back to work programme

Government announces details of back to work programme

Details have been unveiled about the biggest back to work programme for years, with employment minister Chris Grayling announcing a series of measures to support the long-term unemployed.

The Work Programme is the first stage of the government's initiative to help people find jobs and will involve providing tailored support to those who have been claiming benefits for a number of years.

Organisations from the private and voluntary sectors are being asked by the government to tender for contracts to implement the Work Programme.

However, Mr Grayling has assured those in industry that apply for such contracts that there will be no strict guidelines about the type of support they offer - they will be free to develop support suitable for each individual.

"We will provide much better back to work support for hundreds of thousands of people and their families," Mr Grayling stated.

Earlier this month, the government revealed that the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen slightly, despite a rise in overall unemployment.

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