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The Observer reports that the Work Programme has led to a huge increase in the number of unemployed people being 'sanctioned' –
"The number of cases has risen from 139,000 benefit cuts under Labour in 2009 to more than 500,000 in 2011."
But even that isn't enough for the private companies that run WP: they referred three times as many people for sanctioning as Jobcentre Plus actually sanctioned.
"By the time it's finished, more people will have been sanctioned by the Work Programme than properly employed through it."