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Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting ahead of the Tory-led Government’s announcement of its preferred bidders for their Work Programme, said:

“Unemployment has now hit a 17 year high and the benefits bill is soaring by over £12 billion.

“This government’s failure to get people back to work is now costing families a fortune because its forcing cuts in tax credits and children’s benefits. 

“After a budget that put 200,000 more on the dole, this Work Programme has its work cut out.  

“Most people will be really worried that this thinned down programme is simply not enough to get Britain back to work.”

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