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Douglas Alexander, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on today’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s report, said:

“This new research reinforces the risks the Government are taking with growth and jobs.  With large-scale cuts to public sector jobs and direct knock on effects in the private sector, there are real concerns that this Government is failing to take the action necessary to support the creation of enough jobs in the economy and to get unemployment down.  

“We know that a rising dole queue means a higher welfare bill – even on the more modest OBR figures, the price of the Government’s action has already been shown to be an extra £700m spent on Jobseeker’s Allowance alone.”

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