Letter: In Brief

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Sir: I never cease to marvel at Alistair Darling's "changes" to the benefits system. He said that all new claimants for the Job-Seeker's Allowance face a mandatory interview (report, 29 October).

At Loughton Job Centre all new claimants face a stiff initial interview, followed by "chase up" interrogations at ever-decreasing intervals. I know this as I sign on there.

WILLIAM F LONG

Loughton, Essex

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