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Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to reports in the Daily Telegraph that ‘Work Scheme refunds could cost millions’, said:

“Bungling DWP ministers have turned the Work Programme into a West Coast mainline-style fiasco. Hundreds of thousands of sanctions might now be illegal because Iain Duncan Smith messed up the regulations and now the taxpayer might be on the hook for around £100 million.

“It simply beggars belief that this Government is now so incompetent it can't even organise a simple work experience scheme. We'll be demanding ministers come to Parliament urgently to explain themselves.”

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