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Welfare-to-work: Official figures show job target missed

The government's flagship welfare-to-work programme has failed to hit its main target, official figures show.

Under the scheme, firms and charities are paid to help find jobs for the long-term unemployed.

But only 3.53% of people found a job for six months or more - missing the coalition's 5.5% target.

The coalition said the scheme was "improving" at getting people into work, but Labour called its effect "worse than doing nothing".

Mark Easton reports.

  • 27 Nov 2012