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BENEFIT claimants in the south east have been asked to attend work placements and skills training more than 230,000 times since 2011 to help them get a job.

But around 103,000 of these referrals – some 44 per cent – did not, or have not yet resulted in a claimant participating, according to new statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions yesterday.

Some claimants may be waiting to start their placements, however many will have chosen not to participate, in which case they will face having their benefits stopped because they have not done all they can to find work in return for the financial support offered by the government.

Employment minister, Esther McVey, said: ‘The majority of jobseekers do everything they can to find work – and that’s reflected in the record levels of employment we’re seeing across the country.’