In questions to the Department for Work and Pensions, I asked about ESA and helping people get back to work.
Charlie: Can the Minister confirm that the pilot is the first time that ESA has been looked at in a co-ordinated way to try and get people to fulfil their potential? Will she also confirm that it is innovative policies like this that mean our unemployment is so much lower than that in countries like France where the Labour party's policies are being pursued to economic catastrophe?
Esther McVey (Employment Minister): My hon. Friend is right. Most of Europe is looking to us to see how we get people into work, whereas theOpposition are looking to France where the exact opposite is happening. This is a very complicated journey for people who are in the ESA group and for most of them it is about understanding their lifestyles and getting them closer to the workplace and then into a job.
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