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All Jobcentres to be shut down?

Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly being urged by senior Tories to shut down all Jobcentres and let private companies and charities to step in to help Britain’s unemployed back to work.

The proposal, backed by allies of chancellor George Osborne, is being considered for potential inclusion in the party’s election manifesto for 2015, in what would be a radical step for Britain’s system to help people into work.

One senior Tory told The Sun: “Introducing competition into the job search market is a natural Conservative thing to do. Tailoring help from experts for what people really need will work far better than the clumsy one-size-fits-all state solution.”

However, Mr Smith is believed to be sceptical about the idea, with a source describing the proposal as “expensive and complicated”.

Just over a third (36%) of Jobcentre users find sustained work because deep-rooted problems fail to be addressed, a report said, adding that they could be replaced with “Citizen Support” centres to better help jobseekers.

Source: The Hunfington Post UK

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