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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2009): Social security - UK - New Deal

Backlash over Brown's plans for jobless grows

N. Watt, T. Helm and A. Travis

The Guardian, Dec. 1st 2008, p. 17

Some of Britain's biggest unions have joined anti-poverty campaigners in a backlash against Labour's welfare reforms which will give private companies a greater role in moving the unemployed back to work. The campaign against the welfare reforms is being led by the centre-left pressure group Compass and includes Unison and the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).

Inter-agency cooperation and new approaches to employability

C. Lindsay, R.W. McQuaid and M. Dutton

Social Policy and Administration, vol.42, 2008, p. 715-732

This article examines the role of inter-agency cooperation, which is one form of partnership, in new approaches to employability in the UK, with particular reference to two innovative pilot programmes. Since 2003, Pathways to Work has established partnerships between JobCentre Plus, specialist providers and the NHS to support Incapacity Benefit claimants to make progress towards work. Working Neighbourhoods, which ran from 2004 to 2006, restricted JobCentres to administering benefits, while main contractors, called Lead Partners, were charged with delivering or contracting out personal adviser support and a range of other holistic services.

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