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Job centres’ work should be augmented by private firms, report says

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Companies and charities should be paid to help those looking for work as part of an overhaul of job centres, a think-tank close to the government has urged.

The Centre for Social Justice – established by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith – said the current system was letting people down.

Its report pointed to an Australian model where private and voluntary organisations bid to do the work.

A government spokesman praised job centre advisers and managers.

The think-tank claimed Job Centre Plus focussed too much on arranging social security for those looking for work, instead of identifying the factors keeping it from them.

SOURCE: bbc.co.uk