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Bank bonus tax to fund youth jobs

R. Winnett

Daily Telegraph, Jan. 25th 2010, p. 2

A tax on bankers' bonuses will be used to fund jobs and training for young people aged between 16 and 24 who have been unemployed for more than six months.

Getting disadvantaged parents into work: the Working Families Fund for Scotland

S. Bond, R. McQuaid and V. Fuertes

Local Economy, vol.24, 2009, p. 487-501

The Working Families Fund (WFF) was in operation between 2004 and 2008. It invested in new initiatives to improve the employability of parents who faced barriers to labour market participation. The programme was voluntary on the part of clients, was administered through local authorities, and delivered through a range of local projects. This paper examines the policy background from which the WFF emerged, and outlines key features of the programme which were distinct from other programmes such as the New Deal for Lone Parents, as well as setting out its key outcomes.

Integrating employment and skills policy: lessons from the United Kingdom's New Deal for Young People

R. Nicholls and W.J. Morgan

Education, Knowledge and Economy, vol. 3, 2009, p. 81-96

The merits and efficacy of 'work-first' labour force attachment and training oriented human capital development models of labour market intervention for welfare recipients have been the subject of considerable policy debate and investigation, particularly in the UK and the US. This article considers the case of the New Deal for Young People with reference to these approaches. It concludes that there is a tension between the vision of providing welfare recipients with opportunities to acquire skills, find jobs and advance their careers and the philosophy that the objective of active labour market interventions is to get participants into any job as quickly as possible and that the educational element is secondary.

The politics of parental leave policies: children, parenting, gender and the labour market

S. Kamerman and P. Moss (editors)

Bristol: Policy Press, 2009

With the growth of parental employment, leave policy is at the centre of welfare state development and at the heart of countries' child and family policies. It is widely recognised as an essential element of attaining important demographic, social and economic goals and is the point where many different policy areas intersect: child wellbeing, family, gender equality, employment and labour markets, and demography. Leave policy, therefore, gives a unique insight into a country's values, interests and priorities. International comparisons of leave policy are widely available, but far less attention has been paid to understanding the factors that bring about these variations. This book looks at parental leave policy within a wider work/family context, and addresses how and why, and by whom, particular policies are created and subsequently developed in particular countries. Chapters covering fifteen countries in Europe and beyond bring together leading academic experts to provide a unique insight into the past, present and future state of this key policy area.

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