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Nick Clegg: Critics wrong on unpaid work schemes

Nick Clegg MP has said that critics of controversial unpaid work experience initiatives for unemployed youths have a "messed up set of priorities".

The Deputy Prime Minister's comments came ahead of talks with dozens of companies, to be hosted by Employment Minister Chris Grayling.

Opponents call the schemes "slave labour", but ministers insist they help prepare jobless young people for employment.

Public concern has already prompted firms such as Waterstones and Burger King to withdraw from the schemes.

  • 29 Feb 2012
  • From the section UK
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