Work and pensions minister, Iain Duncan Smith, visited Watford job centre to see how new employment reforms were working on the ground.

The Conservative toured the office, in Exchange Road, on Friday following the roll-out of new initiatives in his Help to Work scheme last week 

Among the new initiatives, which are aimed at getting more long term unemployed back to work, are employment coaching as well as mandatory English language tests and training.

The minister also launched efforts for this year’s Watford job’s fair, which is organised by MP Richard Harrington.

Mr Harrington said: "This year’s fair looks set to be bigger and better than ever. We have a host of new employers exhibiting for the first time with vacancies in education, childcare, communications, retail, care and more.

"Big local employers such as Hilton and Warner Brothers come back year after year because they do hire people from these events, they find the Fairs useful for their recruitment and that is why they come back - I would urge anyone who is interested in coming, or any employer with vacancies, to get in touch with my office for more information."