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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2010): Social security - UK - New Deal

Localising welfare reform: the case for devolution

A. Jones

Local Economy, vol. 25, 2010, p. 1-9

In October 2009 the Flexible New Deal (FND) for unemployed people was launched in Britain. The providers selected by the Department for Work and Pensions as 'prime contractors' to deliver FND services to the unemployed are overwhelmingly drawn from the private and voluntary sectors. The author argues that local government, which has a growing involvement in tackling worklessness, has the potential to co-ordinate and/or deliver a wide range of integrated services that could potentially 'wrap around' the core offer to the unemployed provided by JobCentre Plus to tackle the multiple barriers that face people trying to re-enter the labour market.

Politicians and young people debate Neet predicament

L. Higgs

Children and Young People Now, Mar. 9th-15th 2010, p. 9-10

Reducing the number of young people not in employment, education or training (Neet) is set to be a burning issue in the 2010 General Election. This article reports the views of a panel of politicians and experts on the roles of schools in preventing the problem and that of JobCentre Plus in helping unemployed youth enter the labour market.

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