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Wales 'worst' for Work Programme figures, MPs say

Only one in nine people in Wales have found long-term employment under the UK government's flagship welfare-to-work scheme, a group of MPs has claimed.

The Welsh Affairs Select Committee says Wales' figures for the Work Programme are the worst in the UK.

They found the Welsh government's own Jobs Growth Wales scheme was twice as effective in getting people back into work.

The MPs also claim the Welsh government has prevented participants on the UK scheme from accessing other publicly-funded training courses, such as literacy.

The Welsh government said European rules meant it could not support people on the Work Programme.

Geraint Davies, Labour MP for Swansea West, and Guto Bebb, Conservative MP for Aberconwy, are on the committee and spoke to Felicity Evans on BBC Radio Wales.

  • 04 Nov 2013
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