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Building Britain's recovery: achieving full employment

Department for Work and Pensions

London: TSO, 2009 (Cm 7751)

This White Paper sets out plans for helping claimants find work now and benefit from the economic recovery when it comes. It outlines a raft of measures building on existing support for the young unemployed; announces plans to test a 'Work for Your Benefit' programme for the long-term unemployed; promises a low cost loan scheme to help unemployed parents with the upfront costs of childcare; introduces a new Work Choice programme to provide flexible support for people with learning difficulties and mental health problems; and proposes intensive support for those who wish to become self-employed. The integration of employment and skills will be aided by the creation of a single budget to fund training for the unemployed.

(For summary see Working Brief, Dec./Jan. 2010, p. 9-10)

Realising ambitions: better employment support for people with a mental health condition

R. Perkins, P. Farmer and P. Litchfield [for] Department for Work and Pensions

London: TSO, 2009 (Cm 7742)

This review of services to help people with mental health problems into employment includes recommendations on: 1) ensuring that employment, health and social services are linked and focused on employment outcomes; 2) provision of resources for tailored assistance; 3) availability of work experience placements and peer support; 4) support for employers; and 5) implementation of the Individual Placement and Support model.

(For government response see Work, Recovery and Inclusion; for summary see Working Brief, Dec./Jan. 2010, p. 13-14)

'Striking out': shifting labour markets, welfare to work policy and the negotiation of gender performances

K.E. Smith, C. Bambra and K. Joyce

Critical Social Policy, vol. 30, 2010, p. 74-98

Since 1997, the New Labour government has committed itself to the twin objectives of reducing health inequalities and tackling social exclusion. Welfare to work interventions have formed a key part of the policy response to both of these problems. So far, this approach has been largely supply-side focused and gender-blind. It has treated men and women not in employment as discrete entities who, with the right combination of training and support, can be attached to the labour market. This article presents case studies of two such interventions in the North East of England. One of these offered unemployed parents childcare training and the other provided vocational and advisory support to young parents. In their gender-blind approach, both schemes failed to engage with and meet the specific needs of young fathers.

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