Several charities have said they are considering pulling out of the Work Programme over the next year, amid concerns about the state of the labour market and the design of the scheme.
At a round-table discussion held in the Houses of Parliament yesterday, which was hosted by Gareth Thomas, the shadow civil society minister, and Stephen Timms, the shadow employment minister, charities working in a range of areas said they were worried they would not be able to find sustainable work for the unemployed people who were being referred to them under the programme.
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