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MILLIONS of pounds is to be spent helping workers made redundant find new jobs—or get fresh skills.

It’s the latest desperate bid by the government to try to cut Britain’s lengthening dole queue, as the figure looks to rise past ONE MILLION .

But critics slammed the move last night as “too little too late”.

And they warned that the spending plans would pile up yet more debt for future generations to repay.

Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell will reveal the new package on Wednesday—the same day the November job figures are released.

Economists predict the number of people on the dole will have risen for the 10th month running, to smash through the one million mark.

So Mr Purnell, right, will pledge millions of pounds to boost TRAINING and provide SUPPORT so people can compete for jobs—with the cash being split between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Skills.

Thousands of workers are already facing the chop after a wave of redundancies. Last week Santander—which owns Abbey, Bradford & Bingley and Alliance & Leicester —announced it will cut 1,900 jobs in the UK while hundreds of Woolworths workers were given redundancy notices.

Other jobs across the whole industrial. commercial and retail spectrum are being lost every day—with many more expected to come in a post-Christmas redundancy bloodbath.

Asda boss Andy Bond warned last night that many more high street companies will follow Woolworths and go bust next year.

The supermarket chief said: “There will be a spate of companies going into administration after Christmas.” Mr Bond said mid to high end stores are most at risk. Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Chris Grayling dismissed the new aid package, saying: “All of this looks like too little too late.

“The government has messed up our economy for years now, and sadly large numbers of people are going to pay the price.”

Mark Wallace, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, added: “The government debt mountain is going to be a huge burden on taxpayers for years to come.”

 

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