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Break state monopoly of failing £1.4 billion job centres, says leading think-tank

Private firms and charities should be given a bigger role in providing back to work support, as Britain’s faltering £1.4 billion-a-year network of job centres is letting unemployed people down, according to a major new report.

The state-run Jobcentre Plus (JCP) network should be remodelled on the lines of the market-based Australian system, which has proved a world leader in getting people back into work, the report says.

The report from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), the think tank that designed the Coalition’s Universal Credit welfare reform, identifies a string of problems with the current UK system.

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