By Max Clarke

Businesses should employ young British workers over migrant Europeans in a bid to lower the UK’s unemployment.

This is the message to be delivered by Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith in a speech to the Spanish Fundación para el análisis y los estudios sociales think tank today.

Duncan Smith’s comments come as official figures show some 80% of new jobs went to foreign workers under Labour, and up to 90% of the 400,000 new jobs created in the past year.

Controlled immigration and a focus on the UK's unemployed are vital to prevent a generation sliding into welfare dependency, he argues.

“As we work hard to break welfare dependency and get young people ready for the labour market, we need businesses to give them a chance, and not just fall back on labour from abroad,” Duncan Smith’s speech will read.

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