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


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.