Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne comments on today's news about unemployment:

"Britain's jobs crisis shows no signs of letting up yet complacent ministers are failing to act.

"It is now clear that the government's troubled Work Programme is simply not doing the business.

"Ministers' welfare to work schemes are just not up to the job.

"This government's mistaken decision to raise taxes and cut spending too far and too fast has choked off the recovery, pushed up unemployment and will mean £158 billion of extra borrowing to pay for economic failure.

"We desperately need a budget for jobs and growth next week."