Abuse of new work scheme

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Unemployment in the North East rises (Sunderland Echo, November 11). The main reason for this is employers and businesses are abusing the Government’s new Community Work Placements scheme.

Staff are being paid off and then replaced by mandatory unpaid labour which the JobCentres are sending out. My history may be rusty, but wasn’t slavery in Britain abolished at the end of the Victorian era?

How long before no one in the North East will be working for a living wage?