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Young people leaving education with no job to go to will be made to do three months' full-time unpaid work experience with charities and social enterprises or have their benefits cut, the Government has announced.

Along with the examples listed above the myth-busting panel also cite: cafes refusing to heat up baby food, concerns over the use of microwaves on hospital wards and gym-goers told they can't lift weights unless they're wearing trainers.

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So you want to wear sandals in the office, sleep in a camper van or take school children on a day out to an allotment?

Health and safety myths busted

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Report warns of long-term jobless crisis

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Emma Harrison, the owner and former chairman of A4e, resigned in March this year

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The controversial welfare-to-work firm A4e has been stripped of one of its government contracts after ministers decided it was "too great a risk".

Emma Harrison, the owner and former chairman of A4e, resigned in March this year

Troubled work firm A4e loses contract to help jobless

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Ministers back Government's work experience scheme

Young people taking part in the Government's work experience scheme are more likely to leave benefits and find a job, ministers said today.

Welfare-to-work firm A4e 'knew of fraud risk in 2009'

Leaked report suggests alarm was raised years ago over possible malpractice at Government contractor

Last April, employment minister Chris Grayling said the 'vast majority' of new claimants for sickness benefits were in fact able to go back to work

Benefits for work scheme dropouts as ministers bow to big business

Ministers made a crucial concession yesterday to critics of their work experience programme in an attempt to prevent a collapse in support for the controversial scheme.

Work experience dropouts won't lose benefits after all

Ministers made a crucial concession yesterday to critics of their work experience programme in an attempt to prevent a collapse in support for the controversial scheme.

Work experience sanctions 'climbdown'

Youngsters on the Government's work experience scheme will be able to leave after a week without facing benefit sanctions under a change announced by ministers aimed at heading off criticism of the programme.

Four arrests made in A4e fraud investigation

Police have arrested four former employees from the company which holds the Government's welfare-to-work contracts.

Tesco Bank, which offers insurance, credit cards and savings products, was set to offer a current account this year but the release was put back to allow it to take advantage of new rules making it easier for customers to switch,

Tesco in work experience pay offer

Supermarket giant Tesco offered today to pay youngsters on a Government work experience scheme amid continuing controversy over the programme.

Tesco admits 'mistake' over benefits jobs

Supermarket chain Tesco has amended a job advert looking for permanent workers in exchange for expenses and jobseeker's allowance, saying it was a mistake.

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