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Denham lauds university; SKILLS.

Skills Secretary John Denham has praised the University of Staffordshire for helping professional people who lose their jobs in the recession.

Mr Denham said other universities should use their share of a pounds 120million VAT "windfall" to establish similar schemes, offering support to local businesses.

Ministers fear white-collar workers may steer clear of the sort of Jobcentre-based state help package to be unveiled shortly by the government.

But Mr Denham urged universities, which as charities will benefit from the cut in the VAT rate to 15 per cent announced in the Pre-Budget Report, to use the extra cash to offer alternatives.
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Date:Dec 10, 2008
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