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Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow DWP Secretary, speaking ahead of Iain Duncan Smith's Social Justice Strategy speech on Wednesday, said:

"This new report is a damming verdict on this Government's disastrous economic policies and Iain Duncan Smith's abject failure to get a grip of unemployment. His own figures in his own report have proved this Government is useless.

"In the three years since the election, unemployment hasn't gone down, its gone up and the welfare bill with it. Across Britain, long term unemployment has spiralled as the Work Programme has proved worse than doing nothing and Universal Credit is hit by delay after delay.

"This is a wake-up call for the Government. We need to get these people off benefits and into jobs. It's now time for Labour's Compulsory Jobs Guarantee with a 2 year limit on job seekers allowance. We cannot stand by and watch another generation dumped on the scrap-heap like the 1980s. We must act and act now to get people into work."


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