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DWP promises measures to improve charities’ experience of the Work Programme

18 Dec 2014 | David Ainsworth

The Department for Work and Pensions has agreed to introduce measures expected to improve the Work Programme for voluntary sector sub-contractors, according to a response document published today.

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