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Ed Vaizey unaware of 'mandatory' work scheme

The communications minister, Ed Vaizey, has said back-to-work schemes are voluntary as far as he is aware, when challenged over recent comments by Iain Duncan Smith in the Daily Mail, detailing under what circumstances claimants can be required to undertake a short period of compulsory work .

The UKIP Deputy Leader, Paul Nuttall said placement schemes are a good way of getting young people back to work while Emily Thornberry, Shadow Attorney General said the fundamental problem with work experience is there are no jobs.

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