M. Carpenter, S. Speeden and B. Freda (editors)
Bristol: Policy Press, 2007
The book explores equality, discrimination and human rights in relation to employability and 'welfare-to-work' policies. It draws extensively on new research from the SEQUAL Project, undertaken for the European Social Fund, which investigated seven dimensions of discrimination in a labour market that is theoretically 'open to all'. The book provides an overall analysis of policy shifts and presents a wide and distinctive range of illustrative studies that give voice to a variety of potentially marginalised groups. Chapters deal with obstacles to labour-market access around each of the following themes: gender and class; disability; race and ethnicity; geographical exclusion; sexual orientation; the problems of old and young people; and refugees. The book draws attention to localised examples of promising practice, but also connects these to a broader 'human rights' agenda, linking them to changing legislative and governance frameworks. Its scope covers the whole of Great Britain and it shows how devolution in Scotland and Wales, and at the regional level in England, is creating new possibilities for mainstreaming good practice in this key area.
Daily Telegraph, May 15th 2008, p. 4
In his draft Queen's Speech setting out the legislative programme for Parliamentary session 2008/09, Gordon Brown proposed measures to:
Financial Times, May 27th 2008, p. 2
Research by the Centre for Market & Public Organisation at Bristol University shows that 46% of staff working in the NHS, or for the public sector/NGOs in education and social care, do unpaid overtime, compared with just 29% of their private-sector counterparts. They also do more of it – more than an extra hour a week. Altogether, this is an extra 120million hours of unpaid overtime a year, the equivalent of an extra 60,000 people. The authors argue that it provides evidence of a public sector ethos, where public sector staff work more hours to provide a better service.
Community Care, May 1st 2008, p. 14-15
Being unable to contribute to community life can have a highly corrosive effect on both the individual and the wider society. This article outlines some of the latest thinking about how to tackle it, including through: