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Asked if the PM is concerned about the way in which people on benefits were treated during the Jubilee by the protection company, she said we understand the company involved has apologised. More broadly the Work Programme is about giving people who have been out of the job market for quite some time the skills they need to get a job that is sustainable. This is one-off; DWP have said the jobseekers were doing a short term placement as part of a training course with the aim of this leading to qualifications and jobs in the security sector. We expect all people participating to be treated no differently to other employees and we welcome this morning’s apology. Asked whether the PM thinks this incident is not very helpful for the Government in pushing ahead with its work scheme, she reiterated this is an isolated incident; the company itself has apologised. The Work Programme offers people experience and a chance to develop skills that they need to get into sustainable jobs. Asked if the Government thinks it is appropriate that, had all gone to plan, that men and women involved would have been changing into their attire at the same place she reiterated the company involved has apologised and this was a one-off, and that the Work Programme does offer people the opportunities to gain skills for a sustainable job. Asked how we know it is a one-off, she said this is what has been brought to light and the company has apologised. Asked if there is any other work ongoing in government to ensure there are no other breaches such as this one, she advised people to speak to DWP.

Asked if the transport arrangements at the Jubilee were a dry run for the Olympics, she said an awful lot of work has gone in to ensure they are a success for this country. There have been numerous exercises and test events to rehearse. We’re very confident the Olympics will be a great success.

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