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The CBI yesterday commented on the publication of the Government’s welfare reform White Paper called Universal Credit: welfare that works.

John Cridland, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:

“We support the Government’s plans to make work pay by getting more people into the jobs market and off benefits which will encourage economic growth.

“As the economy recovers and the private sector creates jobs, companies must be able to access people with the right skills and work ethic. The Government should make the most of private and voluntary sector expertise in helping the long-term unemployed back into work.

“It is important that administration of the universal credit is simple. We would be concerned about any moves to take away responsibility for paying staff from companies, as this could undermine the relationship between employers and employees.”

Notes to Editors:

The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. With offices across the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

Media Contact:

CBI Press Office on 020 7395 8239 or out of hours pager 07623 977 854.


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