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The Government's Work Programme has so far performed "extremely poorly", MPs on the Public Accounts Committee have said.
Only 3.6% of people referred to the welfare scheme found between June 2011 and July 2012 found long-term employment, less than a third of the 11.9% target.
Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said the PAC's report underlined the Coalition's "comprehensive failure" to tackle unemployment. But the Government hit back, saying the report was "skewed".
A spokesperson from the DWP tweeted: "Work Programme has already helped more than 200,000 people into work, it is transforming tens of thousands of lives PAC.
"Unlike old schemes Work Programme doesn't pay large amounts up front. Payment by results means taxpayer VFM and better help for jobseekers."
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17/12/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
17/12/2014 on The World at One, BBC Radio 4
17/12/2014 on The World At One, BBC Radio 4
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